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The takata-ara test of liver function

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The Takata-Ara test will be positive in slightly more than half of the cases in which there is parenchymatous hepatic damage when the injury has reached a moderately severe stage. The test is not specific for any one disease of the liver.

The test is correlated to a great extent with changes in the ratio of albumin to globulin, but the correlation is not an absolute one.

Although few false positive reactions are encountered, the test is not very sensitive.

The bromsulphalein test is highly specific in detecting that injury to the liver which results in its failure to excrete bilirubin properly.

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Magath, T.B. The takata-ara test of liver function. American Journal of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition 2, 713–716 (1935).

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