Abnormal Liver Function Studies in Louisiana
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What are abnormal liver function studies?
Abnormal liver function studies are completed to determine the current state of the liver. They are usually blood tests that provide insight into the liver and show whether the liver is strained, infected, inflamed, or diseased. Abnormal function studies can be used as a preventative treatment, as the tests can help detect unsuspected problems. This allows for any proper treatment to be started early. It also aids as way to monitor any current liver problems. For more information on what abnormal liver function studies provide, and if they would benefit you, request a consultation with our team at one of our Louisiana GastroGroup & Endocenter locations.
Who is a candidate for an abnormal liver function study?
To determine whether you're a candidate for an abnormal liver function study, you will be asked a series of questions and evaluated by a GI doctor. In general, you may be a candidate once your GI doctor has observed some general symptoms of liver issues such as:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lack of appetite
- Yellowish eyes or skin
- Swelling in your stomach
- Dark urine or light-colored stool
We may also ask for an abnormal liver function study if you:
- Have a family member with the disease
- Drink heavily or have an alcohol use disorder
- Take medication that can harm the liver
- Are severely overweight
- Are diabetic or have high blood pressure
- Have gallbladder disease
- Are anemic
How is abnormal liver function treated?
Treatment for an abnormally functioning liver will be customized based on the reason for the abnormal levels. In general, the treatment will involve many of the following lifestyle changes, including:
- Stopping any alcohol use
- Losing weight (while carefully monitoring liver function)
- Taking daily medications
- Eating a healthy diet
- Managing blood sugar levels
- Exercising regularly
In some cases, medications and lifestyle changes won't successfully treat the liver issue. When the liver suffers damage over several years and liver failure is imminent, a liver transplant may be required.
As part of your treatment plan, you may also need ultrasounds, CT scans, or MRIs to monitor function. Additional blood tests may also be necessary to check for the progression of the disease. To learn more about the various treatment options available, request an appointment with our GI team.
Professional care for your liver
Professional care for your liver doesn't have to be out of reach. If you suspect your liver isn't functioning the way it should, request an appointment for an abnormal liver function study at GastroGroup & Endocenter in one of our Louisiana locations. We are here to help and offer professional treatment to assist you in maintaining a healthy life.
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