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A 53-year-old female asked:

dx nalfd (biopsy) 2009:lfts vv high(ggt 1000+!)on ursodeoxycholic acid since,last ggt c200, alp 150. docs now call this 'normal',disch '14. is this ok?

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Dr. Abdullah Mubarak
Hepatology 28 years experience
Abnormal LFT: Recommend that you have a through evaluation of bile ducts with MRCP: ERCP as appropriate based on your description of labs.

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