What is Cholinesterase?
Cholinesterase is a blood test that is performed to check the levels of acetylcholinesterase, found in red blood cells and nerve tissue, and pseudocholinesterase, found in the liver primarily. The nerves need these two substances to transmit signals.
Why is Cholinesterase done?
Cholinesterase is performed in patients who are susceptible to poisoning due to their exposure to chemicals called organophosphates that are present in pesticides. Although rarely, the test can also be done for the diagnosis of any liver disease.