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A 38-year-old member asked:

High alt liver enzyme only", what does that means?

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Dr. David Kam
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Elevated ALT: The most common cause is from fatty liver (commonly associated w/ alcoholism), other causes are hepatitis b or c, or other liver diseases.

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A 33-year-old male asked:

High ALT in the liver.

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Liver is in trouble: The alt enzyme is one of the main liver enzymes used to monitor liver health. A high level is most likely represents a very stressed liver that may be in trouble. The source of the damage that is occurring in this liver needs to be identified soon so that resolving the problem can be undertaken.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How to cure an elevated alt(high liver enzymes)?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Find the cause: Probably one of the following -- alcohol, some medication you're allergic to, hepatitis B or C, hemochromatosis, Wilson's, autoimmune hepatitis, antitrypsin deficiency, being overweight / not exercising. All are manageable, and all are danger to your life. Don't 'treat a lab value'. Get to the cause. This would be a great time to get trim & fit regardless.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is there such thing as innocent causes for high liver enzymes (alt)?

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Dr. Lewis Hassell
Pathology 40 years experience
ALT: ALT=alanine aminotransferase, previously known as SGPT is used as a marker of liver damage, but is present in low amounts in normal individuals. Sources other than liver also exist. Elevations above the normal range are found in some "innocent" cases depending on population studied, drugs that may be in use, etc. Occasionally, exercise can transiently increase levels, for example.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Even several Tylenol a day can elevate liver enzymes
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CA
A 25-year-old female asked:

What do high levels of the liver enzymes ALT and bilirubin indicate?

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Dr. David Kaufer
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Hepatitis: Elevated ast and alt is consistent with liver inflammation (hepatitis). Hepatitis can be caused by liver disease, viruses, alcohol consumption and autoimmune diseases. Elevated bilirubin can be caused by hepatitis or obstruction of biliary tract. Hepatitis is needs to be further evaluated to determine the etiology.

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