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Keeping Up to Date With Your Tests

During diagnosis, try to learn as much as you can about liver disease so you can ask questions and express any concerns you have.

In liver disease doctors may often have to consider a number of conditions that could be affecting you. They often have to ask very personal questions to exclude possible causes of your disease or reasons for changes in your liver tests.

It will be useful for you to understand why you are taking a particular test and to be aware of any possible side effects from them. Listen carefully to what the doctors say and do not be afraid to ask again if you do not follow an explanation. The need to reduce unnecessary testing for people at low risk of disease does not mean that you should not ask further questions of medical staff if you feel there is no follow-up to an abnormal test result.

Keep a diary or logbook to jot down the names of medical staff and record details of your lab results where they are known. Some understanding of your blood tests and keeping copies of them will help both you and the medical staff when discussing your results.

An active involvement in your own care is important.