Home Liver Function Test Kit

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This liver test detects abnormal levels of bilirubin and urobilinogen in urine, raised levels can indicate liver disease. It is recommended that you take this test if you are feeling generally unwell or are experiencing any of the following:

Nausea
Fatigue
Lack of appetite
Yellowing of the skin and eyes

Why do I need this test?
Because of its strategic location and multidimensional functions, the liver is prone to many diseases such as hepatitis A, B, C, E, alcohol damage, fatty liver and cirrhosis. There are over one hundred types of liver disease and they affect over two million people in the UK. This figure may only be the tip of an iceberg as many cases of liver disease remain undiagnosed. This is because your liver is very resourceful and able to work well enough even when it may be damaged. This means that you may often not ‘present’ with clear symptoms, or show obvious sign of liver disease or illness.

This simple home screening test can help to identify if there is a problem by checking for Bilirubin and Urobilinogen levels in your urine.


How accurate is this test?
This test has proven 98% accurte in laboratory testing.


INTRODUCTION:
The liver is the largest glandular organ of the body. It weighs about 3 lb (1.36 kg). It is reddish brown in color and is divided into four lobes of unequal size and shape. The liver lies on the right side of the abdominal cavity below the diaphragm (a muscular partition separating the chest and abdominal cavities).

Having a problem with your liver, may cause one or more of the following symptoms:

Symptom 1: Yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes. A condition called Jaundice. Symptom 2: Pain in the right upper abdomen accompanied by pain in the back Symptom 3: Abdominal swelling Symptom 4: Weakness and loss of muscle mass Symptom 5: Light color of feces and/or dark color of urine

The above are the first signs of a liver problem. Jaundice is considered as the most important among them.

Jaundice is caused when excess amount of a compound called bilirubin dissolves in the fat layer under the skin. Bilirubin is a compound that is formed due to the breakdown of Red Blood Cells. It will be carried to the liver by blood vessels and then to the intestines by means of a small duct connecting the liver with the intestine. This duct is called bile duct. Bilirubin can also be stored in the gall bladder which is a very small sac-like organ extending out of the bile duct. In the intestine, bilirubin can be converted to a compound called Urobilinogen by the act of intestinal bacteria. A small percentage of this compound can be reabsorbed to the blood stream. Increased levels of urobilinogen and/or bilirubin in blood will lead to its appearance in urine. Conditions that may increase urobilinogen and/or bilirubin concentration(s) in blood are:

Condition 1: Excessive breakdown of Red Blood Cells. This is common in newborns “Jaundice in newborns”
Condition 2: Obstruction of bilary tract which is associated with gallstones, tumors or liver inflammation which will restrict the movement of bilirubin to the intestine in its way out of the body.
Condition 3: Liver diseases including Hepatitis infection, liver cancer and cirrhosis (a chronic disease that causes the scarring of liver and interferes with the normal functionality of the liver. The major cause is chronic alcoholism).

By means of testing the presence of bilirubin and/or urobilinogen in your urine, which will reflect their concentrations in blood, you will be able to monitor the health status of your liver.


INTENDED USE:
Atlas Liver Function Test provides a dip-and-read test strips that are intended for use to check for Bilirubin and Urobilinogen in urine specimens as an aid in the diagnosis of Liver and gall bladder problems. The test provides results by the visual comparison with color chart printed on the pack.


KIT COMPONENTS:
1. Test strips individually pouched.
2. Package Insert.

Each kit contains 2 tests










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