Basic Liver Screen

£49.00

The liver is a complex organ which produces proteins and enzymes, blood clotting factors, stores vitamins and produces bile. This test provides some basic liver screen parameters, including ALT, AST, ALP, GGT, total protein, albumin, globulin and total bilirubin.

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Description

The liver is a complex organ which produces proteins and enzymes, blood clotting factors, stores vitamins and produces bile. Our liver function test can detect liver disease by measuring:

  • specific enzymes in the blood
  • albumin, the main protein made by the liver
  • bilirubin, a substance made during the break down of red blood cells

Liver function tests may be useful if you are concerned about high alcohol intake, family history of liver disease, fatty liver, or are showing symptoms of a liver condition.


  • Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT)
    Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) is an enzyme mainly found in the liver, playing a significant role in the metabolism of proteins. ALT is used as a key indicator of liver health. Elevated levels of ALT in the blood often signify liver damage or inflammation, as it is released into the bloodstream when liver cells are injured. Common causes of increased ALT levels include viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease, and alcohol-related liver damage. It's frequently measured alongside other liver enzymes in blood tests to diagnose and monitor liver conditions. Low levels of ALT are typically not a concern and do not usually indicate any specific health issue.

  • Albumin
    Albumin is the most abundant protein in the blood plasma, produced by the liver. It plays a vital role in maintaining the osmotic pressure needed for proper distribution of bodily fluids between blood vessels and body tissues. Additionally, albumin serves as a carrier protein for various substances including hormones, vitamins, and drugs. Measuring albumin levels is important for assessing liver and kidney function, as well as nutritional status. Low albumin levels can indicate liver disease, kidney disease, malnutrition, or inflammatory diseases. High albumin levels are less common and can be due to dehydration or high protein intake.

  • Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
    Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) is an enzyme found throughout the body, but primarily in the liver, bones, kidneys, and digestive system. It plays a key role in breaking down proteins and is important in the process of dephosphorylation. ALP levels are often measured as part of routine blood tests to assess liver and bone health. Elevated levels can indicate liver disease, bile duct obstruction, bone disorders, or certain cancers. In contrast, low ALP levels are less common but can occur in malnutrition, certain deficiencies, or genetic disorders.

  • Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase (GGT)
    Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase (GGT) is an enzyme that primarily exists in the liver. It plays a crucial role in the metabolism of glutathione and the transfer of amino acids and peptides across the cellular membrane. GGT is often measured in blood tests as a marker of liver health. Elevated levels of GGT are commonly associated with liver diseases, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver damage due to alcohol or drug use. It can also indicate bile duct problems. Because GGT levels increase with alcohol consumption and certain medications, it is also used to monitor alcohol abuse and adherence to certain medications. Low levels of GGT are generally not a concern and are less commonly noted in clinical practice.

  • Globulin
    Globulin is a group of proteins in the blood, playing diverse roles in immune response, blood clotting, and transport of various substances like hormones and vitamins. There are several types of globulins, including alpha, beta, and gamma globulins. Gamma globulins are primarily antibodies, which are crucial for immune defense. Globulin levels are measured as part of a total protein test and can also be assessed through the serum protein electrophoresis test. Abnormal globulin levels can indicate a range of conditions, including immune disorders, liver or kidney disease, nutritional problems, and certain infections or cancers. High levels may be seen in chronic inflammatory diseases or infections, while low levels may indicate immune deficiencies or liver damage.

  • Total Bilirubin
    Total bilirubin is a compound produced during the breakdown of red blood cells in the body. It is transported through the bloodstream to the liver, where it undergoes further processing and is eventually excreted from the body through bile. Bilirubin plays a crucial role in the metabolism of heme, a component of hemoglobin found in red blood cells. Elevated levels of total bilirubin in the blood may indicate liver dysfunction, bile duct obstruction, or excessive breakdown of red blood cells, which can occur due to various conditions such as liver disease, hepatitis, gallstones, or hemolytic anemia.

  • Total Protein
    Provides information about the total amount of albumin and globulin in the blood. Abnormal levels can suggest a variety of conditions including liver and kidney disorders, nutritional problems, and chronic diseases.

How it Works
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Choose one of our test packages according to your needs – whether this would be general health screening, nutritional state, sexual health or monitoring of a chronic condition and get it delivered to your home or office.

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Perform the test at your comfort zone. This will require a fingerprick, swab of urine sample collection. Instructions will be included in your kit. Post it back to one of our accredited laboratories in a prepaid envelope.

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We will notify you when results are available and you can access it in your dashboard together with advice from our health experts. Repeat tests as recommended and track results to keep your health in a good shape all the time.

Video tutorial

This video shows step-by-step guidance on how to use The Red Drop blood collection kits