Definition - What does Liver/Hep Function Panel mean?
The liver/hep function panel is a blood test that assesses the health of the liver. The liver is a large organ responsible for the management of several of the body's metabolic processes. In particular, the liver processes nutrients into materials that are then used by the other cells of the body. Substances processed by the liver are transported to and from the other cells via the body's circulatory system.
Seven tests in total are included in a liver function panel. The panel measures the levels of total protein, albumin, and bilirubin in the blood. The panel also includes tests to measure levels of the liver enzymes, alanine aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, and aspartate aminotransferase.
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The liver function panel helps medical professionals to diagnose viral diseases such as hepatitis or mononucleosis. The test may also be used to detect damage to the liver caused by infections, injuries, or inflammation. Some medications have the potential to cause liver damage as well. When these medications are prescribed, a liver function panel is used to monitor for the development of these side-effects. Patients undergoing treatment for a liver condition or disease may also be tested to determine whether or not their condition is progressing or responding to treatment.
A liver function panel test may be ordered when a patient shows symptoms of liver damage such as jaundice, nausea, or dark urine. Often a patient will be asked to fast prior to a liver function panel.