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Exams and Tests
Your doctor will do a physical exam and ask about your medical history to see if you have symptoms of liver disease and to help find out possible causes of liver damage.
If your doctor thinks you may have cirrhosis, you may have blood and imaging tests. You also may have a liver biopsy. This test can show for sure if you have cirrhosis.
Blood tests to check liver function
Measuring the levels of certain chemicals produced by the liver can show how well your liver is working. Blood tests may be used to measure:
Blood tests to check for inflammation of the liver
You may have blood tests to check your liver enzymes. These can help show whether you have had liver inflammation for a long time. These blood tests include:
Some people with cirrhosis have normal liver enzymes.
Blood tests to diagnose a cause of cirrhosis
Tests to check for conditions that may cause cirrhosis include:
Tests that show an image of the liver
Imaging tests can check for tumors and blocked bile ducts. They also can be used to look at liver size and blood flow through the liver. These tests include:
Other tests also may be done to confirm cirrhosis or to look for possible complications. These include:
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