EYE ON DIAGNOSTICS: Monitoring liver function
Lisa Schoch RN, BSN
Kim Whiteman RN, MSN

November 2007 
Volume 37  Number 11
Pages 22 - 23
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Schoch, Lisa RN, BSN; Whiteman, Kim RN, MSN

Lisa Schoch is a primary nurse care coordinator in the abdominal transplant intensive care unit at the University of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Medical Center. Kim Whiteman is a nurse-educator at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and coordinator of Eye on Diagnostics .

LIVER FUNCTION TESTS are serum assays done to evaluate the general health or detect problems with a patient's liver or biliary system. These are the most commonly performed tests:

* bilirubin (total and direct) * liver enzymes (aspartate aminotransferase [AST], alanine aminotransferase [ALT], alkaline phosphatase [ALP], and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase [GGT]) * prothrombin time (PT), to evaluate the liver's ability to synthesize blood clotting factors II, V, VII, IX, and X * serum albumin level, to evaluate the liver's ability to synthesize this plasma protein.

Who gets tested? Liver function tests are used to monitor liver function in someone ...

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