Abnormal Liver Function Tests (LFTs)
North South North West Statewide
All referrals should comply to referral standards and include in particular:
- Duration of symptoms including reason for testing
- Alcohol history, illicit drug use, recent piercings, tattoos
- Weight and BMI
- Current and past medications
- Family history especially haemochromatosis, Wilson's disease
- Overseas travel
Consider also information on: Hepatitis C
Initial work up:
- Viral Hepatitis serology including:
- Hep A IgM, Hep B sAg, Hep B cAg, HCV Ab
- Autoantibodies (ANA, SMA, AMA)
- Iron studies
- Copper and caeruloplasmin
- Lipid profile
- Blood glucose
- Ultrasound upper abdomen
For known Hepatitis B:
- Hep B eAg, Hep B eAb
Please include prior blood results if available.
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Gastroenterology clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Urgent / category 1
Semi-urgent / category 2
- Hepatitis B with ALT>100
- Clinical concern that there is significant chronic liver disease
- Abnormal LFTs with no cause found (BMI normal)
- Liver diagnosis for initial management e.g.
- Suspected or proven primary biliary cirrhosis
- Alcoholic CLD
- Autoimmune hepatitis
Routine / category 3
- Hepatitis B with ALT <100
- Probable non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
- Abnormal LFTs despite lifestyle change and weight loss
Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.
Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405 Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED – Phone: (03) 6478 5120 Fax: (03) 6426 5115
NWRH ED – Phone: (03) 6493 6340 Fax: (03) 6430 6691
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6100 Fax: (03) 6222 8919
We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks
Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the clinic and the relevant doctor for urgent assessment, or patient should be directed immediately to the Emergency Department.
We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks
Next available appointment