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Digestive Disorders

Liver Enzymes

04/07/2009

Question:

I am 23 years old and last week I had a routine CBC. All results are within the normal ranges except for the liver enzymes indications that are a bit elevated. Specifically, ALT is 51 U/l, AST is 32 U/l and Total Cholerythrine is 0.85.

Nothing in my history or lifestyle seems to be associated with this. I have been vaccinated for Hepatitis B and I had the first dose of Hepatitis A vaccine six months ago.

Should I be worried?

Answer:

There are a lot of things that can cause elevation in the liver enzymes. For ex. medications, alcohol use, viruses, fat in the liver etc. Your primary care physician will probably check the liver enzymes again and if they are still elevated, suggest further evaluation.

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Response by:

Julia Gore Thornton, MD Julia Gore Thornton, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University