Understand Your Test

Lactate Dehydrogenase (LD)

Formal Name

 Lactate Dehydrogenase

Why Get Tested?

To help detect a condition causing tissue damage, such as a blood or liver disease, and to monitor its progress; to help stage, determine prognosis, and/or response to treatment of certain cancers; to help evaluate body fluid (other than blood).

When To Get Tested?

Along with other tests, when a health practitioner suspects that you have an acute or chronic condition that is causing tissue or cellular destruction; sometimes when you have been diagnosed with cancer; when you have symptoms of meningitis or have fluid accumulation in a specific part of your body.