BSG liver blood tests guideline

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This summary covers the key points for GPs to consider when interpreting results from liver blood tests and how to respond to detected abnormalities.

Liver disease is the fifth biggest cause of premature mortality in the UK. Patients may experience no symptoms of liver disease until complications of liver failure or portal hypertension develop. Liver blood tests can help exclude or confirm liver disease, but they often produce abnormal results for which the clinical significance is unclear. Knowing when a liver blood test’s results are effective for case-finding is important for the reliable diagnosis of liver problems.

This Guidelines summary explains what constitutes an abnormal result for a liver blood test, when they should be checked, and how to respond to liver blood test results.

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