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Standard Laboratory Tests
Standard test panels used to evaluate hepatobiliary status are often called “liver function tests” (Table 17-2). To be precise, this terminology is a misnomer because none of the tests measure any specific liver function. Instead, they point to broad categories of hepatobiliary pathology: hepatitis, hepatobiliary dysfunction, or insufficient protein synthesis. These categories include large subsets of diseases—for example, all possible causes of hepatitis.
Table 17-2 — Liver Blood Tests and the Differential Diagnosis of Hepatobiliary Disorders