What is the role of liver function studies in the workup of anorexia nervosa?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Bettina E Bernstein, DO; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Liver function test results are minimally elevated, but levels encountered in patients with active hepatitis are not observed. Albumin and protein levels are usually normal, because although the amount of food intake is restricted, it usually contains high-quality proteins.

A dramatic elevation in cholesterol is observed in cases of starvation and may be secondary to the following: (1) a decrease in triiodothyronine (T3) levels, (2) low cholesterol-binding globulin levels, and (3) leakage of intrahepatic cholesterol.


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