Knowledge of the functional status of the liver, gained by the use of tests, is growing in importance in medicine and surgery. Such tests are particularly helpful (1) in patients with jaundice and (2) in some without jaundice as in (a) cirrhosis of the liver, (b) gallbladder disease, (c) controlling the therapy with hepatotoxic drugs and (d) hyperthyroidism.
Our object is to give the indications and uses of liver function tests based on our experience gained from examination and study of 563 jaundiced and 112 nonjaundiced patients. In 111 of these cases which came to operation our studies were supplemented by histologic and fluorescence microscopic examination of liver biopsy specimens.
WHICH LIVER FUNCTION TESTS ARE USEFUL?
The answer to the question Which liver function tests are useful? depends first on whether or not the patient is jaundiced.In jaundice, the usual problem is to decide
In jaundice, the usual problem is to decide
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