Dr Jez Thompson highlights five things you need to know about liver function tests in two new videos
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Deaths due to liver disease are rising rapidly; between 1970 and 2010, the UK standardised mortality rate for liver disease increased by over 400%.1 Primary care has a vital role to play in the prevention and early detection of liver disease, and liver blood tests are an important aspect of this.
In the first of two videos on liver function tests (LFTs), Dr Jez Thompson (GP, Leeds) answers the following questions:
- what are the tests that constitute an LFT panel?
- what other blood tests are useful when assessing liver function?
Want to learn more about this guideline?
Read the related Guidelines summary
- Williams R, Aspinall R, Bellis M et al. Addressing liver disease in the UK: a blueprint for attaining excellence in health care and reducing premature mortality from lifestyle issues of excess consumption of alcohol, obesity, and viral hepatitis. Lancet 2014; 384 (9958): 1953–1997.
- Newsome P, Cramb R, Davison S et al. Guidelines on the management of abnormal liver blood tests. Gut 2018; 67 (1): 6–19. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2017-314924
Keen to learn more?
Read Dr Thompson’s related article on liver blood tests to understand when to request liver blood tests and how to interpret the results, what actions to take if the results of liver blood tests are abnormal, and approaches to common conditions, including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Dr Jez Thompson highlights the key recommendations from the British Society of Gastroenterology on liver blood tests and early detection of liver disease
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