Thursday, 16 January 2014

What exactly is a liver count

What exactly is a liver count

Albumin is a protein made by the liver that helps transport substances like electrolytes, calcium, drugs, and hormones. Low levels may indicate liver disease.

Bilirubin is a product that results from the breakdown of hemoglobin. There are a different forms, including total bilirubin, direct and indirect bilirubin, and conjugated and unconjugated bibirubin. Bilirubin accumulation results in jaundice because hemoglobin is being broken down faster than the liver can process it.

GGTP is an enzyme found in the liver and helps transport amino acids into cells.

A prothrombin time is a clotting factor made by the liver that measures the amount of time it takes for your blood to clot.

Please keep in mind, however, that each test can indicate several different disorders in the body, not just liver disease, and results can be influences greatly by diet, medications and other illnesses. So when a doctor says, Youve got a high liver count, it isnt very precise. Furter testing will be required.

A blood test will tell a doctor whether or not a person has elevated liver enzymes. Even certain medications can elevate liver enzymes. So, a doctor will most likely try and find out what is causing the elevation by ordering further tests and then treating the cause, accordingly, to prevent further liver damage or disease. Obesity and alcoholism are two of the most common reasons a person might have really high elevated liver enzymes. Either way, of course, it good that this situation got the attention of a doctor and will, most likely, have a good outcome.

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