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Liver function assessment

Contributor(s): Kyle Braund, James Simpson, 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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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • Recent references from VetMed Resource and PubMed.
  • Roth L (2001) Comparison of liver cytology and biopsy diagnoses in dogs and cats: 56 cases. Vet Clin Pathol 30(1), 35-38.
  • Center S (1999) Chronic liver disease: current concepts of disease mechanisms. JSAP 40, 106-114.

Other sources of information

  • Center S, Schermerhorn T, Lyman R, Phillips L (2000) Hepatoportal Microvascular Dysplasia.In: Current Veterinary Therapy XIII. Bonagura J (ed), W B Saunders, Philadelphia. pp 682-686.
  • Hess P R & Bunch S E (2000) Diagnostic Approach to Hepatobiliary Disease.In: Current Veterinary Therapy XIII. Bonagura J (ed), W B Saunders, Philadelphia. pp 659-664.


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