Liver Blood Tests (cont.)
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Other Liver Enzymes
There are several other liver enzymes performing important functions, however, many of these are not routinely measures in blood tests.
Alkaline phosphatase is very commonly reported with the transaminases as part of the metabolic panel blood test. This molecule typically resides in the wall of the intra- and extra-billiary ducts (tube-like structures within the liver that connect liver cells together and ultimately coalesce to from the bile duct, connecting the liver to the gallbladder). The elevation of this enzyme may indicate and injury or an inflammation to these tubes (ducts). Common causes for this are gallbladder obstruction and certain medications.
There are also other liver enzymes such as, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), glutamate dehydrogenase, and gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase (GGT), which are less routinely measured clinically.
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