Serum bile acid levels were studied fasting and 2 hours after a standard test meal in 70 patients with chronic liver disease: chronic persistent hepatitis (20 cases), chronic active hepatitis (28 cases), cirrhosis (22 cases). In addition, the correlation between serum bile acids and standard liver function tests was analysed. Bile acid levels were related to the degree of hepatic involvement only in cirrhosis. The frequency of abnormalities in bile acid levels may be compared with that of enzyme tests, whilst abnormalities in the standard meal test occurred with a frequency similar to that seen in the retention and clearance of BSP. The results show that the measurement of serum bile acids fasting and post-prandially offers a sensitive test for the evaluation of liver function.
|Translated title of the contribution||Diagnostic value of biliary acids in the sera of liver diseases|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Medecine et Chirurgie Digestives|
|Publication status||Published - 1980|
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