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Liver function assessment

Contributor(s): David Godfrey, Andrew Kent

Introduction

  • Assessment of the functional capacity of the liver is a useful component to the investigation of liver disease, allowing us to be aware of potentially dangerous complications and to give some idea of severity of any disease encountered.
  • There is no single test which allows us to comprehensively assess liver function, rather it is a case of using a combination of tests to build an overall picture.
  • Assessment typically involves blood analysis.
  • This approach is a guide to the assessment of liver function.

Clinical examination

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Routine blood sample analysis

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Dynamic liver function testing

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Other tests of liver function

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Imaging

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • Recent references from VetMed Resource and PubMed.​
  • Sherding R G (2000) Feline jaundice. J Feline Med and Surg 2, 165-169.
  • Sutherland R J (1989) Biochemical evaluation of the hepatobiliary system in dogs and cats. Vet Clin North Am 19, 899-927.

Other sources of information

  • Rial S M (1995) Clinicopathologic evaluation of the liver. Vet Clin North Am 25, 257-273.


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