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How to interpret liver function tests

Patients with abnormal liver function tests are encountered commonly by pharmacists. It is therefore helpful to know how to amend patients’ treatments and when such amendments might be necessary

By Gareth Nickless, DipClinPharm, MRPharmS

Patients with abnormal liver function tests are encountered commonly by pharmacists. It is therefore helpful to know how to amend patients’ treatments and when such amendments might be necessary

 

In short

Pharmacists are likely to come across patients whose liver function tests are abnormal. However, assessing LFTs alone will not offer pharmacists the full story.

Knowing the likely cause of abnormal LFTs can help determine whether the abnormalities are caused by a medicine, or whether any doses of medicines need to be changed to compensate.

 

The article is available to read as a PDF file (270K)

Citation: Clinical Pharmacist URI: 10977434

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