Liver Function Test

Liver function test is used to check damage to the liver from infections and monitor liver side effects of medicines. This test checks the levels of liver enzymes like alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP). It also checks the levels of albumin and bilirubin.

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I took blood, liver function tests, and ultrasound tests. Do I have any liver problems?

Query: Hi doctor, How bad is this liver result from both blood and ultrasound? An in-depth explanation would be helpful.   Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am reviewing your case history and attached laboratory investigations (the attachmnets are removed to protect the patient's identity) and will get back to you in a while, please.  Read Full »

I am worried about cholesterol and liver enzymes results. Can you please suggest on this?

Query: Hello doctor, I had been advised by my doctor to get a few tests done. My laboratory results have come and I am worried about the cholesterol and liver enzymes results. I am currently on tablet Effexor XR (Venlafaxine) medication. As my general physician is not available, can you please suggest on ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, According to your statement, you have recently undergone liver function tests, CBC (complete blood count) as well as lipid profile tests and found raised levels of cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoprotein), SGPT (serum glutamic pyruvic trans...  Read Full »

I have a fatty liver and persistently elevated liver enzyme levels. How can I bring them to normal levels?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had elevated liver enzymes in the last two blood tests that I have undergone. I have been diagnosed with fatty liver and quit drinking alcohol for five days. So I have a few questions, 1. How high would the enzyme levels be to cause hepatitis or cirrhosis? 2. And how long would i...  Read Full »

Dr. J N Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Kindly understand that there is some damage to the liver, which is reflected as the elevated enzyme levels. Now you must quit alcohol, smoking, and drugs completely; otherwise, there will be further liver damage. H...  Read Full »

I have hot flushes and anxiety at 4 pm every day. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I recently was referred to a renal specialist for low sodium levels by my primary care physician. After a complete kidney workup, he said that they were functioning well. But, he changed my hypertension medicine from Lisinopril to Losartan and discontinued my diuretics. As a result, my...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am not sure why he was reluctant to put you back on Lisinopril when you had no real issues with it in the first place. Both Lisinopril and Losartan are sister medications but from two different groups that works pretty much in the same way. If your kidneys are tol...  Read Full »

What is the reason for the pain under my right rib?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old male, and I weigh 90 kg and 178 cm tall. I have pain under my right rib, and it hurts while breathing. I hope it is not liver related from alcohol. I had two drinks in the last few days, but those are the only drinks I have ever had.  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It does not seem to be related to alcohol drinking as per your history, as two drinks do not make much of a change with the anatomy of the liver. It is probably suggestive of muscle related problem. It might be myalgia or cellulitis. I suggest you get a liver functio...  Read Full »

Does my 55-year-old father's abnormal liver values in blood test suggest liver damage?

Query: Hello doctor, I am asking on behalf of my 55-year-old dad who is a heavy drinker. He is diabetic but his sugar level is in control now. He has been drinking 750 mL whiskey daily for the past 1 year and 300 mL daily for the past 10 years. His current medication includes one Pan-D capsule, one Cobadex...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I saw laboratory values for the Liver Function Test (LFT), and I suggest that the values are deranged, high, and need medical evaluation. From the reports, I can conclude the following points- 1. His total bilirubin i...  Read Full »

Does my MRI explain as to why am I feeling lost and confused?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old woman who has been experiencing mental confusion, concentration problems, memory loss, blurry vision, burning sensation in my head, personality change, and short-term memory loss. I forget¬†conversation, repeat questions over and over, zone out when people are talking t...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your MRI of the brain is normal, except some sinusitis. I would like to ask a few questions. Since when are you experiencing these symptoms? Do you have a headache or vomiting? Is there any history of seizures or loss of consciousness? How is your sleep? Are you tak...  Read Full »

What should a jaundice patient eat?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been¬†suffering from jaundice for the past three months. I am feeling fatigued. I have been drinking about 150 mL whisky every day for the past 9 years. But, I did not drink anything in the last three months. I tested for bilirubin, serum, hemoglobin. My liver shrank in size and th...  Read Full »

Dr. Happykumar Kagathara

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You might be suffering from liver cirrhosis (due to alcoholism) with portal hypertension (enlarged spleen). According to your history, you must be under the category of first stage cirrhosis. The diet includes high protein, low salt and low fat diet. Flu...  Read Full »

My total bilirubin level is 1.3 mg/dL. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello doctor, I have recently got tests done for my liver functioning. They are normal; however, my total bilirubin is 1.3 mg/dL. Should I be concerned? Kindly advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have reviewed your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). There is nothing to worry even if total bilirubin is 1.3 mg/dL and ALT (alanine transaminase), AST (aspartate transferase), and alkaline phosphatase are...  Read Full »

Why does my brother get jaundice every year during summer?

Query: Hello doctor, My brother has jaundice, and it is occurring every year during summer. He feels very low and lazy, and his body becomes yellow. He is experiencing weakness and swelling on face and across his ankle. He also has a fever. We do not know why he gets sick every year. In addition to that, h...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post and the investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that you have posted. He has the following problems: Low platelet count of 40,000. Iron-deficiency anemia. Hepatospleenomegaly. Raised serum bilirubin and mild e...  Read Full »

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