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Bile Acids - Total

The Total Serum Bile Acid Test measures the amount of bile acids in your blood. Bile acids are compounds produced in the liver and are vital for the digestion and absorption of fats in the small intestine. They also help in the elimination of cholesterol and certain waste products from the body. This bile acid total serum test also provide essential information about liver function and the excretion of bile.

  • Test Name Bile Acids - Total
  • Sample Type Blood
  • Preparations Required Fasting for 10-12 hours before the test is required.
  • Report Time 6 hours

The liver plays an important role in producing bile acids, which then get stored in the gallbladder. There is an important role of bile acids in digestion. They have a crucial part in breaking down and absorbing dietary fats, helping the body absorb important nutrients and vitamins that are soluble in fat. The presence of liver disease or bile duct obstruction can be determined by interpreting the bile acids levels in the bloodstream.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The bile acid total, serum test is used to evaluate the normal functioning of the liver. Bile acids help in the absorption of food during digestion. These are synthesized in the liver and are secreted in the intestine to break down the fat of the ingested food.

The risks of bile acid total serum test are minimal and are similar to those of any standard blood draw, such as slight pain, bruising, or bleeding at the needle site. There is also a very small risk of infection.

Bile acid levels are increased in the serum and liver in patients with obstructive jaundice or cholestasis and, perhaps because of their inherent detergent activities, can cause hepatocyte injury. Thus, increased bile acid levels in hepatocytes may account for some of the liver damage in cholestatic liver diseases.

The normal range for bile acid lab test typically falls between 0-10 micromoles per liter (µmol/L), but this can vary depending on the laboratory.

During pregancy, serum bile acid test is performed to monitor and manage intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP). ICP is a liver disorder that can affect pregnant women and is identified by impaired bile flow and elevated levels of bile acids in the bloodstream. This condition can have significant consequences for both the mother and the developing fetus.

If bile acid levels are slightly below the normal reference range during pregnancy, it is usually not considered a medical issue. The total bile acid test normal range in pregnancy is considered to be within the range of 0 to 10 micromoles per liter (µmol/L).

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