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What causes liver functions to be elevated when you are a healthy person who does not drink ect.?

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Dr. Garrett Caldwell
8 years experience in Family Medicine
ALT/AST: Most commonly, in the person that doesnt drink, the alt/ast of the liver can be elevated from acetaminophen. Frequent use of this drug can have some liver toxicity and cause the enzyme levels to increase. In general, those enzyme increase with hepatitis. Keep in mind, hepatitis does not have to be viral. It is simply a term to describe inflammation of the liver. Wishing you'all the best.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. Hung Khong
Dr. Hung Khong commented
26 years experience in Medical Oncology
Fatty infiltration of liver is also commonly associated with elevated liver function tests
Feb 9, 2012
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
17 years experience in General Practice
Great collaboration of answers. Wishing you'all the best.
Feb 10, 2012
Dr. Shaym Puppala
24 years experience in Internal Medicine
Acetaminophen (paracetamol) toxicity can destroy a liver within days, rather than years for most other preventable causes, and is present in many over-the-counter medications; someone taking acetaminophen for aches/pains, a cold-and-sinus med, & a migraine med could be getting a lethal dose. Thank you, Dr. Ferdowsi, for bringing this important subject to the attention of our HealthTap friends.
Apr 9, 2015

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