What is a liver profile?
A liver profile is a group of blood tests that show how well your liver is working. The liver makes enzymes and bile that help digest food and gives your body energy. It also removes harmful material from your body, such as alcohol and other chemicals (drugs.com).
Commonly used tests to check liver abnormalities are tests checking:
- alanine transaminase (ALT)
- aspartate aminotransferase (AST)
- alkaline phosphatase (ALP)
Why do you need to take this test
As part of being healthy, checking your liver is important. Liver tests are done to know if it is working properly.
Your doctor will give you complete instructions on how to prepare for the blood sample portion of the test.
Certain medications and foods may affect levels of these enzymes and proteins in your blood. Your doctor may ask you to avoid some types of medications, or they may ask you to avoid eating anything for a period of time before the test. Be sure to continue drinking water prior to the test.
You may want to wear a shirt with sleeves that can easily be rolled up to make it easier to collect the blood sample (https://www.healthline.com).
Normal results vary from laboratory to laboratory and might be slightly different for women and children (mayoclinic.org).
- ALT. 7 to 55 units per liter (U/L)
- AST. 8 to 48 U/L
- ALP. 40 to 129 U/L
- Albumin. 3.5 to 5.0 grams per deciliter (g/dL)
- Total protein. 6.3 to 7.9 g/dL
- Bilirubin. 0.1 to 1.2 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL)
- GGT. 8 to 61 U/L
- LD. 122 to 222 U/L
- PT. 9.4 to 12.5 seconds
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