There are different blood tests the doctor does
to determine how the liver is doing:
The liver enzymes give the doctors an Idea
that there may be damage to the liver cells.
These are known as the ALT,AST,GGT, Alk
The liver function tests give the doctor an
Idea of how the cells are functioning to do
the job they need to to keep the body healthy:
These are the Bilirubin, INR, and Albumin test.
The other test is the viral testing to be sure
that the patient hasn't contacted a virus that
is going to the liver: like Hepatitis A,B,C, etc.
Blood tests are usually the first look or hint that
something may be wrong with the liver.
The doctor usually performs a procedure where
he places his hand in the upper right quadrant
of the abdomen, just under the rib cage and
he tries to feel if the liver is enlarged in size.
Enlargement of the liver means there may
be inflammation there.
If the doctor suspects this: he may order
an ultrasound to look at the liver. They can
see how much it is enlarged, see growths that
may have developed in the liver, see the structure of the liver and possibly see how the
blood is flowing through the liver. Or he may
order a CT scan.
Most testing is non invasive. However, there
is only one test that is a gold standard to
determine if there is damage to the liver...it
is usually the last test performed because it
is expensive and it is invasive: the liver biopsy.
The doctors then are not just looking at
pictures or films of the liver, they are looking
at an actual specimen of the liver tissue itself.
It is the best test available.
It takes time, if the liver had any inflammation
in it to be treated to return to normal. Most
liver patients tend to feel quite tired until the
liver is completely healed. I would be sure
to follow up with other blood testing to be
sure of the results ...no blood test is 100%
accurate. If you still feel that way, I would
discuss it with your doctor and may ask
for a referral to a gastroenterologist or
Hope this inform has helped you.