Interpreting results to narrow the diagnosis and establish a prognosis

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Deepak V. Gopal, MD, FRCP(C), Hugo R. Rosen, MD

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Postgraduate Medicine:

Volume 107 No. 2


Clinical Focus

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DOI: 10.3810/pgm.2000.02.869
Abstract: Although markers of liver disease are available, in many cases, their usefulness is limited by insufficient sensitivity or specificity. In addition, significant liver damage may already have occurred in patients who have normal findings on liver function tests. A basic understanding of abnormalities in liver enzymes is important to assist clinicians in developing a rational, cost-effective approach in patients with liver disease. In this article, Drs Gopal and Rosen discuss results of laboratory tests and how to use them in patient evaluation. Gopal DV, Rosen HR. Abnormal findings on liver function tests: interpreting results to narrow the diagnosis and establish a prognosis. Postgrad Med 2000;107(2):100-14