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Liver Health Test

$ 79.0
$79

Learn more about your risk for liver disease with this accurate, reliable liver health test.

This liver test gives you insight into how your largest internal organ is functioning. From metabolizing toxins and fighting illness—to producing vital proteins and storing energy—liver function contributes to your overall health. Liver problems can be caused by a variety of factors such as viruses, heavy alcohol use and obesity. This comprehensive liver test checks the levels of certain enzymes, proteins, cell counts in your blood and includes a risk calculation called the FIB-4 score based on these levels – providing you a more advanced picture of your liver health.

 

Often symptoms of liver disease are silent, which is why it is important to get tested.

 

The Liver Health Test from Labcorp OnDemand is a blood test that measures liver enzymes and proteins and produces a reliable score to help screen for liver fibrosis (scar tissue in the liver) for those with certain risk factors.  Get a more advanced view of your liver health and screen for evidence of liver inflammation or indications of liver disease or fibrosis.

 

An estimated 1 in 4 U.S. adults has nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).¹ NAFLD and its advanced form, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), can occur when excess fat builds up in the liver despite little to no alcohol intake. There are certain risk factors that increase your risk of NAFLD and NASH:

 

  • Excess weight or obesity
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia), indicating prediabetes or diabetes
  • High levels of fats—particularly triglycerides—in the blood

 

Note: This test is not intended to diagnose any liver disease, including NAFLD or NASH.

Liver Health Test
$ 79.0
$79

Test Details

Sample Type: Blood
Collection Method: In person at a Labcorp location
Age: 18+
Results: 1 day from when your sample arrives at our lab
HSA/FSA: Accepted
Test must be taken by purchaser

Preparation: No special preparation is needed.

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What Does This Test Measure?

 

The Liver Health Test informs you about your estimated risk of liver fibrosis (scar tissue). Using a combination of your age and blood test results, the FIB-4 calculation generates a number, or a “score.” This score can help you and your healthcare provider determine your risk of developing liver fibrosis which is a potential complication of a variety of liver conditions including NAFLD, Hep B, Hep C and others.

 

While the FIB-4 test does not measure other factors that are important for the diagnosis of NAFLD and NASH1, it’s an excellent starting point for discussion with your provider and can help get you on the right track if further testing and evaluation is needed.

 

Like many diseases, the names and descriptions used can change over time. It should be noted that the terminology for NASH and NAFLD are in the process of being updated to better reflect the underlying cause of the disease.3 You may see or hear Metabolic dysfunction-associated steatohepatitis (MASH) and metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD) being used by your healthcare provider. 

What's Tested
  • Bilirubin

    A waste product produced by the liver as it breaks down red blood cells.

  • Total Protein

    The total amount of proteins (including albumin) found in the blood that helps determine overall nutritional status.

  • Albumin

    The main protein that circulates in the blood.

  • Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT)

    An enzyme found mostly in the cells of the liver and kidney.

  • Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST)

    An enzyme found in the cells throughout the body but primarily in the cells of the liver.

  • Alkaline Phosphatase

    An enzyme found in the cells of the liver and other tissue.

  • Platelets

    Blood cells that help your body form clots to stop bleeding.

  • FIB-4

    A score calculated based on age, platelet count, AST and ALT levels to detect liver fibrosis.

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FAQ

  • If you are wondering about your current liver health status, this test may be right for you.

    If you have risk factors for MASLD (previously NAFLD) or MASH (previously NASH) such as:
    • Obesity
    • Prediabetes
    • Type 2 diabetes

    • More than two of the following features of metabolic syndrome:
                    -High blood glucose (sugar)

                    -Low levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol

                    -Excess body fat around the waist

                    -High levels of triglycerides (a type of “bad” cholesterol)

                    -High blood pressure4

     

    Speak with your healthcare provider about your risk based on these and other factors.

     

    MASLD (previously NAFLD) or MASH (previously NASH)  are considered “silent” diseases because often symptoms may not appear until disease has progressed. That’s why it’s important to screen if you’re at risk for MASLD or MASH.

     

    Note: The FIB-4 score was originally developed and validated in patients between 35 and 65 years of age. There may be a higher risk of false positive results in those greater than 65 years old given that age is part of the calculation. You should speak with your provider about your results.

  • Because liver fibrosis often occurs and progresses in unpredictable ways, consider repeating this test every 1-3 years or as needed based on your provider’s recommendations to monitor your liver health over time. 

  • Abnormal results may indicate that your liver is not working properly and signals potential health problems. You should consult with your health care provider with any abnormal results and/or if you are experiencing concerning symptoms.

     

    • Bilirubin Results: Low levels may be due to taking medications such as antibiotics, oral contraceptives, seizure medications. High levels may be a sign of liver or gallbladder disease, or excessive breakdown of red blood cells, among other conditions.

     

    • Total Protein Results: Age, diet, hydration and stress can affect protein levels, but high or low levels may also be a sign of inflammation, liver disease, and other health conditions.

     

    • Albumin Results: Low levels may be a sign of malnutrition, infection, or liver, thyroid, or kidney disease, among other conditions. Higher than normal levels of albumin could be a result of dehydration.

     

    • ALT Results: High levels could be a sign of liver damage or infection, among other conditions.

     

    • AST Results: High levels could be a sign of liver damage or liver inflammation, among other conditions.

     

    • Alkaline Phosphatase Results: High levels of ALP have various potential causes and may be a sign of liver, gallbladder, or bone disease.

     

    • Platelet Results: Low levels can lead to bleeding risk and may be due to a variety of causes, such as liver disease, infections, certain medications (such as aspirin, H2 blockers, quinidine, sulfa antibiotics, some diuretics), or bone marrow disorders. High levels may be caused by inflammation, anemia or a bone marrow disorder, among other causes.

     

    • FIB-4 Score and Results:
    •     A FIB-4 score between 0 – 1.29 indicates a low risk for advanced liver fibrosis.
    •     A FIB-4 score between 1.30 – 2.67 indicates an indeterminate or moderate risk for advanced liver fibrosis. You should follow up with your health care provider. Your health care provider may recommend additional tests such as imaging for further assessment.
    •     A FIB-4 score greater than 2.67 indicates a high risk for advanced fibrosis and for development of other liver-related complications. You should follow up with your health care provider. Your health care provider may recommend additional tests such as imaging and/or refer you to a liver specialist for further work up, which may include a liver biopsy.

     

    Abnormal liver function due to MASLD is common in diabetes. People with prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, obesity, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome and/or hypertension have a higher risk of developing MASLD and MASH. No single test can diagnose MASLD or MASH (a provider makes this clinical diagnosis).

     

    This test is not intended to diagnose any liver disease or condition associated with liver disease. Knowing your risk is the first step to taking control of the disease.

  • It may take years for symptoms to develop, but eventual symptoms may include:

    • Fatigue
    • Abdominal discomfort
    • Jaundice (skin yellowing)
    • Generalized itching

     

    Because these symptoms are commonly associated with a number of other conditions, early screening is vital to early intervention.

  • Because cardiometabolic diseases like MASLD (previously NAFLD), MASH (previously NASH), diabetes, cardiovascular disease and heart disease cover a wide range of organs and systems, you are encouraged to discuss testing with your provider and/or consider taking a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) test. A CMP test measures key enzymes in your blood for valuable information on your metabolism, liver and kidneys, including:

     

    • Glucose (blood sugar)
    • Calcium
    • Total protein
    • Sodium
    • Potassium
    • Tests related to your kidneys and liver health
    • eGFR (a calculation based on a few factors that estimates your kidney function)


    Labcorp OnDemand offers a convenient CMP that you can order today. Share the results of this test with your provider to determine if further tests or examinations are necessary.

  • There are things you can start doing now to reduce your risk of liver disease and other health issues. This includes adopting or maintaining a healthier lifestyle:

     

    • Maintaining a healthy weight (even a 3-10% reduction in total body weight can make an impact)
    • Eat a well-balanced diet
    • Reducing total cholesterol levels
    • Control diabetes
    • Stop or cut back on drinking alcohol
    • Exercise regularly
    • Are there medications or supplements that can hurt my liver?
    • Do I need further testing based on my results?
    • What are my treatment options?
    • What are the benefits and risks of different tests or treatments?
    • Is there anything I can do myself to stop the disease from getting worse?
  • Visit the Labcorp OnDemand website to browse and purchase laboratory tests and create your Labcorp OnDemand account. All Labcorp OnDemand testing requires a healthcare provider order; for your convenience, Labcorp OnDemand has contracted with PWNHealth LLC and its affiliated professional entities (collectively, PWNHealth) to provide healthcare provider services. Visit a Labcorp location for sample collection; or, if using an at-home kit, collect your sample yourself. We’ll let you know when your results are ready to be accessed through your Labcorp OnDemand account or through your Labcorp Patient account. 

  • Your testing will be performed in a CLIA-certified clinical laboratory. Labcorp provides leading-edge medical laboratory tests and services through a national network of primary clinical laboratories and specialty testing laboratories. Our labs perform regular quality assurance testing to ensure our results are accurate.

  • Your results will be provided to you through our secure online portal to view or print. Results are also provided to PWNHealth, which provides professional healthcare provider services for OnDemand tests. If you are accessing your results through your Labcorp Patient account, all users linked to the account will have access to all OnDemand test results. Results may also be provided to a local, state, or federal health authority, but only when legally required. For example, many states require the testing laboratory and healthcare provider to report test results for certain communicable diseases, such as sexually transmitted diseases or COVID-19, to local or state health departments. 

     

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