Can you explain this blood test jargon QuestionI went to my doctor complaining of extreme tiredness, nausea and cold sweats.
He did blood tests, which showed abnormal readings in LFTs and U+E. I then went for a liver scan, which showed no abnormalities in the liver, but did show renal scarring. Can you tell me what LFTs and U+E stand for and what their connection with the liver is? If my liver scan was clear, why am I getting abnormal blood readings? ADVERTISEMENT CONTINUE READING BELOW What is the connection with the blood tests, oakley discount website the liver scan and the hospital scanning the kidneys? AnswerThank you for this question. There is a long tradition in medicine of hiding behind jargon. I believe it is important that this should change and for patients to have an opportunity to understand what is happening to them. LFT stands for liver function test. The oakley red glasses function of the liver is assessed with a combination of tests that may vary from laboratory oakley usa sale to laboratory. They usually include measurement of serum bilirubin, albumin and the levels of certain enzymes white oakley sunglasses usually found within the liver cell that leak out when the cell is damaged, such as alkaline phosphatase and alanine transaminase. U+E stands for urea and electrolytes and is a measure of kidney function. The healthy kidney excretes urea and is important in maintaining the electrolyte balance of the body, the balance between such chemicals as potassium and sodium and the acid/alkali balance. The purpose of a scan is to see if there is a visible physical change in the appearance of the liver and kidneys to explain the change in function found on blood test.
I am not sure what you mean when you wrote that the scan showed 'no abnormalities in the liver, but did show renal scanning'. Upper abdominal scans would show both liver and kidneys. Repeating the blood tests would be the normal procedure as often changes to the picture, whether it is getting worse or better, can be an important clue to the diagnosis.
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