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Blood tests for liver function are used in monitoring the general state of health of the liver. Tests on liver function evaluate the levels of certain enzymes and proteins in your blood. Levels outside of healthy parameters can indicate liver problems. Patients with liver issues may have few, if any, physical symptoms.
Bilirubin is produced in the body when the haemoglobin protein in old red blood cells is broken down. It normally passes through the liver and is excreted in stool. Elevated levels of bilirubin found in the bloodstream are an indication of the liver's inability to deal with the creation of normal levels of bilirubin and as such is an indication of liver damage. Besides, increased production of bilirubin may be a result of premature breakdown of red blood cells.