Liver Screening Blood Test
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Lab Test On Demand's Liver Panel Plus gives you an in-depth view of your liver health .
Testing regularly gives you control of your health.
The Liver Panel Plus includes the following tests: Hepatic Function Panel [ Albumin, serum; Bilirubin, total; Bilirubin direct; alkaline phosphatase; transferase, alanine amino (ALT) (SGPT), transferase, aspartate amino (ALT) (SGOT); and protein, total ], GGT, Cholesterol Total, Hep A IgM Antibody, Hep B Core Antibody Total, Hep B Surface Antigen ( HBsAg), Hep C Antibody w/ reflex PCR, and Alfa 1 Antitrypsin.
This test requires a sample of your blood.
Preparation: Fasting for 12 hours is necessary before the test.
Hepatic Panel or Liver Function Test (LFT) measures the liver’s health, this panel screens the levels of certain enzymes and proteins in your blood that affect the overall health of the liver.
The Hepatic panel can be used to detect liver infections, the progression of a disease, such as viral or alcoholic hepatitis, measure the severity of a disease, particularly scarring of the liver or monitor possible side effects of medications.
This panel includes the following tests: ALT, AST, ALP, protein total, albumin, bilirubin total, bilirubin direct, globulin & albumin/globulin ratio.
Gamma Glutamyl Transferase Test or GGT Test measures the level of GGT in a blood sample. Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT) is an enzyme found in many tissues including the liver (primarily) and kidneys, when elevated can indicate diseases of the liver, kidneys, biliary system (gallbladder or bile ducts) and pancreas.
It is normally ordered together with the Alkaline Phosphatase Test.
GGT is used to diagnose and treat alcoholic cirrhosis.
Cholesterol Total Test is done to determine whether your cholesterol is high and estimate your risk of developing heart attacks and other forms of heart disease and diseases of the blood vessels.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance. Your liver makes all the cholesterol your body needs. But you take in more cholesterol from certain foods, such as those from animals. If you have too much cholesterol in your body, it can build up in the walls of your arteries (as "plaque") and eventually harden. This process, called atherosclerosis, actually narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to travel through the vessels.
A measure of Total LDL and HDL Cholesterol together with a Triglyceride count informs us about the risk of coronary artery disease (Heart Disease).
This test is also useful in the diagnosis of other related diseases such us Hyperlipoproteinemia, Atherosclerosis, Hepatic and Thyroid Diseases.
Hepatitis A IgM Test is used to detect early or recent infections and to diagnose the disease in people with symptoms of acute Hepatitis. A positive IgM result typically indicates there is presence of Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver.
Hepatitis A is usually spread through exposure of fecal matter, through contaminated drinking water, eating food or produce that has not been properly washed, through some forms of sexual contact and is associated with flu-like symptoms.
Turnaround time for hepatitis A IgM antibody is typically 1 business day.
The Hepatitis B Test detects the antibodies that the body produces when it has been exposed to the Hepatitis B virus.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver, it is transmitted by contact with blood.
The test determines if a person has a previous or an ongoing infection.
Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Test is recommended to identify the hepatitis B virus, a disease that affects the liver.
Hepatitis B Surface Antigen is the earliest indicator of the presence of acute infection. Also indicative of chronic infection. This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of Hepatitis B.
The Surface Antigen Test looks for a protein present in the surface of the virus so is often ordered for people believed to have a recent exposure to someone else with Hepatitis B.
To diagnose hepatitis B in a pregnant woman additional test should be ordered such as liver enzymes.
Hepatitis C Antibody with Reflex to HCV Test measures the Hepatitis C antibodies level and is used to screen for Hepatitis C infection.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends hepatitis C testing to all “baby boomers” (adult born from 1945 – 1965) and for anyone who has injected drugs.
The Hepatitis C infection typically affects the liver and if not treated can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer and other critical disorders. It is a disease transmitted by contact with blood.
Alpha 1 Antitrypsin test assesses the level of the protein Alpha 1 Antitrypsin (AAT) in the blood, in doing so it evaluates the cause or risk of emphysema or lung disfunction by Alpha-1-Antitrypsin deficiency, a low level of AAT indicates a risk of developing emphysema / lung disease.
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a genetic disease, which means it’s passed down to you from your parents. It can cause serious lung or liver disease
This test should be taken If you present certain symptoms such as asthma that does not get better, shortness of breath, wheezing, frequent colds, flu, bronchitis, etc.