Clinical significance in alcoholic patients of commonly encountered laboratory test results

Gregory Magarian, L. M. Lucas, K. L. Kumar

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Abstract

An improved understanding of medical problems of alcoholic patients can be gained from commonly encountered laboratory test results. Liver function tests-such as measures of alkaline phosphatase, γ-glutamyl transpeptidase, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, and lactate dehydrogenase-may provide evidence of altered hepatic activity of different types, such as obstruction and hepatocellular injury. Other test results may indicate impaired hepatic function, such as measurements of albumin, bilirubin, prothrombin time, and blood urea nitrogen. Alterations are also common in electrolytes, blood glucose, magnesium, phosphate, uric acid, and acid-base balance. Disturbances in hematologic function are not infrequent in alcoholic patients, including anemias from many causes, altered granulocyte responses, and thrombocytopenia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-294
Number of pages8
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Volume156
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Alcoholics
Acid-Base Equilibrium
gamma-Glutamyltransferase
Liver
Liver Function Tests
Blood Urea Nitrogen
Prothrombin Time
Aspartate Aminotransferases
Uric Acid
Alanine Transaminase
L-Lactate Dehydrogenase
Bilirubin
Granulocytes
Thrombocytopenia
Electrolytes
Alkaline Phosphatase
Blood Glucose
Anemia
Albumins
Wounds and Injuries

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Clinical significance in alcoholic patients of commonly encountered laboratory test results. / Magarian, Gregory; Lucas, L. M.; Kumar, K. L.

In: Western Journal of Medicine, Vol. 156, No. 3, 1992, p. 287-294.

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Magarian, Gregory ; Lucas, L. M. ; Kumar, K. L. / Clinical significance in alcoholic patients of commonly encountered laboratory test results. In: Western Journal of Medicine. 1992 ; Vol. 156, No. 3. pp. 287-294.
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