Liver Function Test – 2 Strip Pack
This test is suitable for you to do at home and can indicate liver disease. This test is simple to use and takes only 60 seconds.
Liver disease refers to any disease or disorder that causes the liver to stop functioning as it should, examples of liver disease are cirrhosis and hepatitis.
This liver test detects abnormal levels of bilirubin and urobilinogen in urine, raised levels can indicate liver disease. It is recommended that you take this test if you are feeling generally unwell or are experiencing any of the following:
- Lack of appetite
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes
What is the liver?
The liver is the largest glandular organ in the body, it is situated in the upper abdomen and is protected from injury by the rib cage. The liver has many important functions some of which include:
- The production of bile.
- Helps the body to digest fats.
- Stores vitamins, iron and other essential nutrients until the body needs them.
- Converts the food you eat into energy needed for daily life.
- Aids in the removal of toxic substances (e.g. drugs and alcohol) from the bloodstream.
- Makes blood proteins
What can go wrong with the liver?
The liver can repair itself quite easily and can usually function with only a small portion of it working. There is very little evidence of an ageing problem and in the absence of disease the liver functions fully right into old age. There are hundreds of liver disorders but some are quite rare. The most common ones are:
- Alcoholic Liver Disease
How do I know if there is anything wrong with my liver?
Most liver disease is symptom less and when there are symptoms they are often vague. However, as the disease progresses you may feel generally unwell as well as experiencing any of the following:
- Loss of appetite.
- Weight Loss
- Jaundice (Yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes)
- Abdominal swelling
- Pain in the right upper abdomen accompanied by pain in the back
Why do I need this test?
Because of its location and many functions, the liver is prone to many diseases such as hepatitis A, B, C, E, alcohol damage, fatty liver and cirrhosis. There are over one hundred types of liver disease and they affect millions of people in the UK. This figure may only be the tip of an iceberg as many cases of liver disease remain undiagnosed. This is because your liver is very resourceful and able to work well enough even when it may be damaged. This means that you may often not ‘present’ with clear symptoms, or show obvious sign of liver disease or illness.
This simple home screening test can help to identify the health of your liver by checking for Bilirubin and Urobilinogen levels in your urine.
Urobilinogen: is normally present in low concentrations in urine. High levels of Urobilinogen can indicate liver disease or conditions associated with increased breakdown of red blood cells.
Bilirubin: is a brownish yellow protein usually excreted in bile. It is produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells. Bilirubin is not usually found in normal urine. The presence of Bilirubin in urine is an early indicator of liver disease, obstruction of the bile duct or hepatitis. If urine contains Bilirubin it can make the colour of urine quite dark.
- 2 Foils containing 2 test strips
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