How are liver function tests (LFTs) used in the workup of sepsis/septic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Liver function tests (LFTs) and levels of bilirubin, ALP, and lipase are important in evaluating multiorgan dysfunction or a potential causative source (eg, biliary disease, pancreatitis, or hepatitis). Increased BUN and creatinine levels can point to severe dehydration or renal failure.


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