Liver Diseases

Liver Diseases

Because the liver plays such a vital role in your body’s metabolism, maintaining a properly functioning liver is necessary for staying healthy. Because it is continuously exposed to toxins and infectious agents in the environment, your liver may be susceptible to many different diseases (such as infectious hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer) that may ultimately lead to liver failure. Therefore it is important to periodically monitor liver function. By using Labsafe’s hepatic function panel (SGPT, SGOT, Alkaline Phosphatase, Bilirubin, Albumin and Protein) you can evaluate your liver’s health by monitoring the enzymes and metabolites which are found mainly in the liver. Other tests which help monitor healthy liver function include Alpha-1 Antitrypsin levels and Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN).

Hepatitis is on the rise in the U.S. It is estimated that there are between 125,000 and 200,000 Hepatitis A infections (HAV) per year. Approximately 1.25 million people in the United States have the Hepatitis B virus (HBV), with an estimated 78,000 new HBV infections each year. Hepatitis C (HCV) is the most common chronic blood-born infection in the United States, with about 4 million Americans having been infected with HCV, and about 2.7 million with chronic infections. If you have been exposed to one of the viruses which causes hepatitis (A, B or C), it is possible to test for antibodies to determine your immunity status. It is also possible to check for immunity if you have been previously vaccinated against Hepatitis A or B (immunity check). While a biopsy is recommended to accurately stage liver damage due to Hepatitis C, our HCV Fibrosure test offers a non-invasive and relatively inexpensive alternative to biopsy which accurately predicts the degree of liver damage.

Once there is progression of chronic hepatitis to cirrhosis and liver failure, it is possible to monitor the disease status by using tests such as plasma ammonia levels and GGT levels. Patients with liver fibrosis and cirrhosis are also more likely to develop liver cancer. The Alpha-Fetoprotein test (AFP) allows you to screen for liver cancer.


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