Ultrasonographic evaluation of patients with abnormal liver function tests in the emergency department
Baran Umut Vardar1 , Carolyn S. Dupuis2 , Alan J. Goldstein2 , Zeynep Vardar2 , Young H. Kim2
1Department of Radiology, Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA, United States
2Department of Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, United States
Corresponding Author: Young H. Kim ,Tel: +1-508-856-5740 , Fax: +1-508-856-1860, Email: young.kim@umassmemorial.org
Received: July 27, 2021;  Accepted: November 18, 2021.  Published online: November 18, 2021.
ABSTRACT
Ultrasonography is often the initial modality used in the evaluation of patients found to have abnormal liver function tests (LFTs) in the emergency department. While assessment for biliary ductal dilatation and obstruction remains one of the main questions to answer, the radiologist should also be aware of the ultrasonographic appearance of other conditions that can cause abnormal LFTs. This may be crucial for the management and disposition of patients in the emergency department. This article reviews the ultrasonographic features of diseases that may cause abnormal LFTs.
Keywords: Ultrasonography; Emergency; Liver; Bile duct; Liver function tests
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