DFI Liver Function Cirrhosis Urine Test Pack of 2
What does this test involve?
Basically, you pee into a pot and dip the test strip into the urine and read the results after 30-60 seconds.
Each test strip will test for Bilirubin and Urobilinogen.
How do I read the test result?
The test results are easily read by comparing the colour of the test result against the colours shown on the accompanying colour chart. The higher the level of Bilirubin and or Urobilinogen the darker the test result will become.
The test comes with full instructions in the pack which gives a full interpretation of the test, whatever the combination of results and advises what to do next if any action is required.
Liver disease refers to any disease or disorder that causes the liver to stop functioning as it should, examples of liver disease are cirrhosis . and hepatitis.
This liver test detects abnormal levels of bilirubin and urobilinogen in urine, raised levels can indicate liver disease. It is recommended that you take this test if you are feeling generally unwell or are experiencing any of the following:
- Lack of appetite
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes
Why do I need this test?
Because of its location and many functions, the liver is prone to many diseases such as hepatitis A, B, C, E, alcohol damage, fatty liver and cirrhosis. There are over one hundred types of liver disease and they affect millions of people in the UK. This figure may only be the tip of an iceberg as many cases of liver disease remain undiagnosed. This is because your liver is very resourceful and able to work well enough even when it may be damaged. This means that you may often not ‘present’ with clear symptoms, or show obvious sign of liver disease or illness.
This simple home screening test can help to identify the health of your liver by checking for Bilirubin and Urobilinogen levels in your urine.
Urobilinogen: is normally present in low concentrations in urine. High levels of Urobilinogen can indicate liver disease or conditions associated with increased breakdown of red blood cells.
Bilirubin: is a brownish yellow protein usually excreted in bile. It is produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells. Bilirubin is not usually found in normal urine. The presence of Bilirubin in urine is an early indicator of liver disease, obstruction of the bile duct or hepatitis. If urine contains Bilirubin it can make the colour of urine quite dark.