Table 8

Search strategy for studies looking prospectively at patients who have received an abnormal LFT*

Liver Function Test Search Strings (limited using the subheadings; blood, analysis and metabolism)

Hepatitis Search Strings

Liver Function Test

Liver Diseases (diagnosis)


Liver Diseases (epidemiology)

Alanine Aminotransferases

Liver Diseases (enzymology)

Aspartate Aminotransferases

Liver Diseases (virology)

Alkaline Phosphatase

Liver Diseases


With Limits added (Humans and Pub date post 1980)

With Limits added (Humans and Pub date post 1980)

Papers returned = 35070

Papers returned = 8526

When strategies combined using term AND = 1448 papers whose abstracts were read

*Based on Medline and limited to human studies after 1980.

Arnold et al. BMC Family Practice 2011 12:9   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-12-9

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