Category Archives: Investigations

Lab tests in chronic liver disease

ALT/ALP tend not to be very good markers; they reflect acute hepatocellular damage rather than cirrhosis. Normally what you see is: Low albumin Prolonged clotting times Low platelets (platelet sequestration in portal hypertension) Advertisements

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Haemolysis markers

Reticulocyte count up Reduced haptoglobin Raised LDH (BMJ Learning module on jaundice)

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Easy bruising

I normally just use a full blood count to investigate easy bruising; I’ve ummed and ahhhed about getting a clotting screen as well, but it seems like overkill to me. However, the authors of an article in the latest BMJ … Continue reading

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