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LIVER FUNCTION TESTS

Liver function tests (LFTs) measure various chemicals in the blood made by the liver. An abnormal result indicates a problem with the liver, and may help to identify the cause. Further tests may be needed to clarify the cause of the liver problem. WHAT ARE LIVER FUNCTION TESTS? As the liver performs its various functions,…

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF LIVER DISEASE

The following are the most common symptoms Jaundice Dark Urine Itching Lethargy Increasing tiredness Altered sleep pattern Vomiting of Blood Confusion or talking irrelevantly Drowsiness Abdominal distension Swelling of the feet Weight loss Loss of appetite

FUNCTIONS OF THE LIVER

The liver performs a host of functions (well over 500) but the basic ones are: Production of plasma proteins: Factor 1 and 2: Clotting proteins that are responsible for ensuring that the blood can clot following injury Plasma proteins namely the protein albumin which, amongst other things, keeps fluids within the blood vessels. Storage of…

HOW DOES THE LIVER WORK?

The liver is the largest organ in the body (weighing about1.2 to 1.5kg). It is located on the right side of the abdomen, directly beneath the right lung, and is protected by the lower half of the rib cage. It performs many complex functions that are essential to life and good health.