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Doctor insights on: Liver Enzyme Ggt

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Dr. James Krick
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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I am working in cambodia. I have elevated liver enzymes (alt 149) & GGT is 280. Is it safe to get hep a & b vaccines? Liver sonogram normal -

I am  working in cambodia.  I have elevated liver enzymes (alt 149) &  GGT is 280.  Is it safe to get hep a & b vaccines?  Liver sonogram normal -

Get serology first,,: Before you even think of getting vaccinated it'd be good to get a serologic result to see if you've already been exposed and made antibodies to hep a, b or the other hepatitis viruses. You might have contracted one of them without knowing it. Next, more liver tests/other tests would be needed to find out why your enzymes are elevated. You might have gone to an area endemic for malaria, etc.. ...Read more

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I have elevated liver enzyme ast(sgot)412 ALT (sgpt) 317 GGT 186 dilation of the common bile duct 1 CM no gallbladder?

I have elevated liver enzyme ast(sgot)412 ALT (sgpt) 317  GGT 186 dilation of the common bile duct 1 CM no gallbladder?

Liver issue: Enzymes ast and alt are inside liver cells. When liver is injured by disease or medication, enzymes leak out, resulting in elevation. Can be due to many reasons, including medications like statins. An elevated GGT suggest biliary problems, but is not that specific. The normal common bile duct measures less than 0.8 cm, but after the gb is removed, can be 1cm. Complete history needed for this. ...Read more

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If I have fatty liver, other than elevated GGT, what other liver enzymes should be raised?

If I have fatty liver, other than elevated GGT, what other liver enzymes should be raised?

ALT, AST: Hi. Elevated GGT is more a sign of biliary tree inflammation (such as gallstones, sludge, cholecystitis, etc) than of fatty liver. Fatty liver typically has elevations in the transaminases, ALT and AST. ...Read more

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Really scared. Liver enzymes are fluctuating. 4oct/5feb/18feb are: bili (10/8/12 umol/l) AST (40/20/98 u/l) ALT (77/33/154 u/l) GGT (72/33/47). Help?

Really scared. Liver enzymes are fluctuating. 4oct/5feb/18feb are: bili (10/8/12 umol/l) AST (40/20/98 u/l) ALT (77/33/154 u/l)  GGT (72/33/47). Help?

Get a diagnosis: You're right to be concerned, especially about the transaminases. If they cannot be normalized permanently by stopping alcohol, your physician will work you up for hepatitis b & c, hemochromatosis, wilson's, and autoimmune hepatitis; all are lethal if undetected but fairly easy to manage. You may simply have metabolic syndrome manageable with lifestyle change. Good luck. ...Read more

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M, age 52. Blood work shows high GGT of 170 (range 3-95 u/l). All other liver enzymes within normal range. Drink rarely. Any idea why GGT is high?

M, age 52.  Blood work shows high GGT of 170 (range 3-95 u/l). All  other liver enzymes within normal range.  Drink rarely. Any idea why GGT is high?

Probably you: I'm assuming normal alkaline phosphatase & no other sign of focal cholestasis. If you are otherwise well, you are probably one of the people (it's common, maybe 1 in 1000) who has a gene for high ggt. I need to write letters for folks like you from time to time as GGT is used to monitor folks in sobriety programs. If ok with your physician, i'd not give it another thought. ...Read more

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Gall bladder removed 7 years ago coz of gallstones. Can I still have bile duct disease? GGT 124. Other liver enzymes all normal.

Gall bladder removed 7 years ago coz of gallstones. Can I still have bile duct disease? GGT 124. Other liver enzymes all normal.

Possible, Unlikely: Some patient develop stones in the bile duct without a gallbladder. This is a pretty rare thing to happen, but it is possible. If all other liver enzymes are normal it's pretty unlikely this is what is going on. The bilirubin should be elevated. ...Read more

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Could high liver enzyme cause nausea?

Could high liver enzyme cause nausea?

See your doctor: It can cause nausea. Depends on the cause of the liver enzymes elevation. If you are having nausea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain, you should go see your doctor or go to er. ...Read more

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Could cirrhosis show in my liver enzyme level?

Maybe: If the cause isn't active -- for example, a cirrhotic who has an alcoholic past but is now abstinent -- the liver enzymes may be normal. Usually at least one liver function test is abnormal in a cirrhotic or precirrhotic. ...Read more

Enzyme (Definition)

An enzyme causes the transformation of a compoond to another compound. In living structures, it is the transformation of a protein to another form. An example is from an inactive state ...Read more