The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Blood tests will be done to look for raised liver enzymes.
Images may be taken to look at the liver. This can be done with:
- CT scan
- MRI scan
A sample of the liver may be tested. This can be done with a liver biopsy .
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