Elevated Liver Tests in Illinois

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GI Alliance of Illinois provides the evaluation of abnormal liver test results, generally referred to as elevated liver tests. Frequently, imaging and routine medical tests are used to diagnose unexplained symptoms of the liver. When these initial tests come back with abnormal results, the next step is to have a hepatologist, or physician specializing in hepatology, consult with the patient. The hepatologist at our Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, and Normal, IL locations can review the results and determine the next step in diagnosis, management, or treatment. For more information on how we can help you with your GI issues, contact GI Alliance of Illinois to request a consultation today.

Liver biopsies are often used to diagnose unexplained liver conditions or symptoms. There are three general methods of liver biopsy:

  • Percutaneous: A needle is inserted through the abdomen into the liver and removes a small piece of tissue.
  • Transjugular: A small needle is inserted through a vein in the neck and a small piece of tissue is removed.
  • Laparoscopic: A small incision is made in the abdomen and a small piece of tissue is removed.

Liver biopsies are recommended when there are persistently elevated liver tests or abnormal imaging tests suggesting liver disease. Liver biopsies may assist in the diagnosis of the underlying liver problem or help guide treatment such as in hepatitis C infection. Liver biopsies are also performed to determine the severity or stage of liver disease. Masses or lesions on the liver are another reason to order a liver biopsy. Liver biopsies are used to diagnose or stage the following diseases:

  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Chronic hepatitis B or C
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Wilson's disease
  • Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Drug-induced liver disease

For blood tests that yield abnormal results in relation to liver conditions, the next step is to have a physician specializing in liver conditions examine the results in more detail. For diseases such as Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and other chronic liver diseases, periodic blood tests or other lab evaluations are key in diagnosing and managing the disease. These evaluations can assess how well treatment is working, and whether any further action or medication is needed.

Our providers at GI Alliance of Illinois are experienced in assessing any type of elevated liver tests, answering your questions, and recommending the best path of treatment for your well-being. For more information, feel free to contact your nearest location.

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GI Alliance of Illinois is here to help you with all of your GI needs. Sometimes that involves evaluating abnormal liver results. Often referred to as elevated liver tests, our Illinois providers frequently use these tests to help diagnose, treat, and manage unexplained liver symptoms. For more information on how GI Alliance of Illinois can help you find relief, contact your nearest Illinois location to request a consultation.

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