You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Tests that may be done are:
Blood tests to check liver function
Urine tests to look for signs of kidney damage
Images may be taken to check liver size. This can be done with
The only way to cure this condition is to deliver the baby. The decision to do so depends on how many weeks along a woman is in her pregnancy. Labor may happen on its own or it may be started by the doctor. Liver function will return to normal after delivery.
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