Liver Function Tests: An Overview

The liver has TONS of functions and plays a role in so many key processes within the body-

  • Make coagulation factors & other hematopoietic cells (in extra-medullary hematopoiesis)

  • Remove "bad stuff" in the bloodstream or ingested toxins

  • Maintain a "backup" of sugars, fat, and iron within the body

  • Regulate calcium & phosphate levels through activation of Vitamin D

  • Maintain blood pressure (& indirectly pH) via its role in the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System (RAAS)

  • Production of Bile

  • Protein production- Albumin, immunoglobulins

  • Many others...