n South African Gastroenterology Review - Asymptomatic abnormal liver chemistry - it's all NAFLD : review




Liver chemistry or liver function tests (LFTs), as they are more commonly but erroneously referred to, because they do not test liver function per se, are often used in clinical practice to screen for a variety of liver disorders, monitor the progression of known diseases, and assess the hepatotoxicity of various drugs. The detection of abnormal liver biochemistry in an asymptomatic patients is usually revealed by routine screening in a primary care physician's office, during blood donation or at an examination for insurance purposes and is a common reason for referral to a gastroenterologist or hepatologist.


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