Doubt cast on GP liver function tests

Researchers have called for a major rethink on the use of LFTs in primary care after a study found incidental abnormal findings were of little use in diagnosing significant liver disease.

A study of almost 1300 patients in primary care found people with incidental abnormal LFTs were only slightly more likely to have significant liver disease than the general population.

Fewer than 5% of people with an abnormal LFT result had a specific liver disease.