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Serum Albumin, Pseudocholinesterase, and Transaminases in the Assessment of Liver Function Before and After Venous Shunt Operations
  1. Alan H. Hunt,
  2. Hermann Lehmann

    Abstract

    This paper records biochemical and follow-up observations on 153 patients with cirrhosis who have had a shunt operation. The experience confirms that no shunt operation should be undertaken on a patient whose serum albumin level is less than 3·2g.%. Low pseudocholinesterase levels are of help diagnostically but the main value of this test is in indicating whether or not liver function will deteriorate after a shunt operation in any given patient.

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    • * Based on a paper read to the joint meeting of the Association of Clinical Pathologists and the Association of Clinical Biochemists on October 3, 1959.

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