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The liver is one of the largest organs in the body. In an adult, the liver weighs 3 pounds on an average and is the size of a football. The liver is one of the most vital organs in the body with a very important role in metabolism and immunity; in fact, a person cannot survive without a functioning liver. That is why it is essential to get a Liver Function Test in case you or your doctors suspect that your liver is not functioning properly. You can book a Liver Function Test easily and get yourself tested without any hassles.
A Liver Function Test may also be essential if you suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes, anaemia or hypertension, gallbladder disease or consume high amounts of alcohol all of which can have some serious impact on the liver. An LFT in Faridabad includes multiple parameters or tests, which measure liver enzymes, proteins and bilirubin to make a proper assessment of your liver health. The phlebotomist takes your blood sample, which takes only a few minutes. The sample is then sent to the lab to perform the tests included in an LFT.
Why Liver Function Testing is important?
The liver is a very important part of the human body. One of the main functions of the organ is the metabolic processes of the body including, breaking down of substances, extracting energy, reducing the toxicity of substances, and removing them from the bloodstream. Some other important functions of the liver include:
- Storing vitamins and minerals and releasing them as per requirement
- Manufacturing bile, which is used to break down fats and aid digestion
- Breaking down protein, alcohol, and medicines.
- Creating immune system factors that defend the body against infection.
- Creating proteins that help in blood clotting.
- Breaking down damaged and old red blood cells.
Storing extra blood sugar, some symptoms of Liver diseases are:
- Joint pain
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Itchy skin
- Swelling of abdomen or legs.
- Dark urine
How Liver Function Test is performed?
A Liver Function Test includes Serum Albumin Test, Bilirubin Test, SGPT Test, SGOT Test, GGTP Test, and various ratios between the parameters. The SGOT Test and SGPT Test measure the enzymes that the liver releases in response to disease or damage.
Bilirubin is a waste product from the breakdown of red blood cells, a damaged liver can't process bilirubin properly, and thus, a Bilirubin Test can help assess if the liver is damaged. Similarly, each of these tests measure some specific parameter of the liver to assess it health. All these tests are blood tests and require you to give a blood sample that is tested in the lab for specific parameters. If you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms then it is advisable to get a Liver Function Test so as to get treated before there is serious damage.