The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 74, Issue 7, pp 663–671 | Cite as

Liver function tests and their interpretation

  • B. R. ThapaEmail author
  • Anuj Walia
Symposium: Newer Diagnostic Tests


Liver function tests (LFT) are a helpful screening tool, which are an effective modality to detect hepatic dysfunction. Since the liver performs a variety of functions so no single test is sufficient to provide complete estimate of function of liver. Often clinicians are faced with reports that do not tally with the clinical condition of the patient and they face difficulty in interpreting the LFT. An attempt is being made to study and understand the LFT and simplify their interpretation with algorithms.

Key words

LFT Alkaline phosphatase Albumin Prothrombin time Aminotransferases (ALT & AST) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and NutritionPost Graduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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