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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