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How is Fatty Liver Diagnosed?Tue, February 25

If you think you may be risk for a fatty liver, ask your primary care doctor to order liver function tests. These blood tests, often called a liver panel, will typically check for abnormal levels of alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), albumin and bilirubin. Abnormal results in any of those tests should lead to additional testing or counseling.

Primary care physicians can also order a blood test called a FibroSure. This is a biomarker test that uses the results of six blood serum tests which, along with the patient’s age and gender, are used to generate a score that is predictive of liver disease.