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Chapter 31 Student Handout for Interpretation: Liver Function Directions Because of the number of functions the liver carries out, many laboratory values are associated with liver functioning. Complete the following table relating values to liver function. The table includes some values associated with specific diseases of the liver. The first 2 are completed as an example. Lab Results Meaning Elevated AST Aspartate aminotransferase Indicates hepatocellular damage Increases in alcoholic liver disease and liver dysfunction Elevated bilirubin, total Leads to jaundice Caused by improper processing of bile or hemolytic anemia Decreased protein, total Sign of Infection Anti-HCV antibodies Diagnostic of HCV Infection Elevated ALT Increases in liver disease Reduced serum albumin Decreased serum albumin indicates hepatic dysfunction. Leads to diminished oncotic pressure and edema. Increased PT Prolonged indicates hepatic dysfunction.
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