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Value of profiling liver function in the elderly.
  1. J. R. Lubin,
  2. J. A. Coles,
  3. B. A. Millward,
  4. J. R. Croker

    Abstract

    The value of measuring three routine tests of liver function was assessed prospectively in 523 geriatric patients. Abnormalities were found in 27% of patients and were clinically helpful in half of these cases. Profiling liver function, without clinical indication, revealed abnormal results in 17% of patients and was important in one-third of these (6% of total). The two most important diagnoses were unsuspected osteomalacia and gall stone disease.

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