A 23-year-old male asked:
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could a 'coag screen' which i assume includes pt be useful for ruq pain and ^ alt. will it tell if my liver is doing okay ?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
You can do better: The pt / prothrombin time only becomes prolonged when the liver is gravely damaged. If you have elevated alt, and it's not just muscle enzyme from your extreme-fitness activities, you owe it to yourself to get a proper workup -- hepatitis b and c, hemochromatosis, wilson's, and autoimmune hepatitis. If metabolic syndrome, returning to your fitness lifestyle may be key. Glad you're not drinking.
Answered on Dec 8, 2013
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