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Liver Panel

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Also known as: Liver Profile; Liver Function Tests; LFTs
Formal name: Hepatic Function Panel

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To screen for, detect, evaluate, and monitor acute and chronic liver inflammation (hepatitis), liver infection, liver disease and/or and damage

When to Get Tested?

Periodically to evaluate liver function; whenever you are at risk for liver injury; when you are taking medications that may affect your liver; when you have a liver disease; when you have symptoms associated with liver damage, such as jaundice

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; for infants, blood may be drawn by puncturing the heel with a lancet.

Test Preparation Needed?

You may be instructed to fast overnight with only water permitted. Follow any instructions you are given. Inform the healthcare practitioner about all prescription and over-the-counter medications, herbal medications, vitamins and supplements you are taking.