Published 2000, 183pp, 64 figures
Ian McFarlane, Adrian Bomford & Roy Sherwood
The investigation of liver disease constitutes a significant proportion of the workload of the clinical laboratory, spanning all disciplines. This book covers all aspects of the investigation of liver disease from initial evaluation of the patient to tests which define a specific diagnosis. The first two chapters provide an introduction to the pathophysiology of liver disease and its effect on standard biochemical and haematological tests. Subsequent chapters include aspects of autoimmune liver disease, inherited metabolic conditions and the role of the laboratory before and after liver transplantation. The pathophysiology of drug induced liver disease is also discussed and details given of drugs for which the relationship to liver disease is well established.