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Doctor insights on: Liver Enzyme Ggt

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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

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Can Elevation in liver enzyme cause metallic taste??

Can Elevation in liver enzyme cause metallic taste??

Metallic taste: although it is possible for liver disease to cause a metallic taste in the mouth, it is not a very common or usual symptom of elevated liver tests. There are many other less serious possible reasons for that metallic taste, including medications, supplements, poor oral hygiene, and infection. You should see your primary care doctor for further evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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What would cause elevated liver enzyme and dilated cbs?

What would cause elevated liver enzyme and dilated cbs?

Several things: Stones in the bile duct when they come out of the gallbladder, sometimes obstruction from different things. Depending on your symptoms- pain, fever, how high the enzymes are- you need ultrasound or other tests. ...Read more

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Will taking 600mg of NAC daily effect liver enzyme tests?

Will taking 600mg of NAC daily effect liver enzyme tests?

Depends.: It has been reported to affect liver enzymes in a patient with cystic fibrosis. As with any supplements, benefit is iffy, depending on what you are using it for. If not prescribed or recommended by doc, be leery of wasting your money. Many supplements have not been studied in sufficient detail for a long enough time to know for sure if they are safe. See http://tinyurl.com/ng3ajr4 ...Read more

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Is the liver enzyme ALT a good predictor of future diabetes?

Is the liver enzyme ALT a good predictor of future diabetes?

No: If it is up and all the other causes are ruled out (alcohol, meds, viral hepatitis, hemochromatosis, antitrypsin, autoimmune hepatitis, extreme aerobic exercise, wilson's), it is a warning to start taking diet and exercise seriously. ...Read more

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How worried should I be about abnormal liver enzyme and high ferritin?

How worried should I be about abnormal liver enzyme and high ferritin?

Moderately: You should have a full liver workup. Could be from many causes, but you need to rule out hemochromatosis, a genetically transmitted diseasae. ...Read more

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Recently blood work showed an elevated liver enzyme. What may cause this?

Recently blood work showed an elevated liver enzyme. What may cause this?

Some liver disorder: Hepatitis from any cause can elevate your liver enzymes.Common causes include excessive alcohol use(drinking heavy) or a viral hepatitis like hepatitis-b or hepatitis-c. Your doctor can run further tests to find the cause and advise you about treatment as most forms of hepatitis can be preveted or treated. ...Read more

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What natural therapies can reduce my elevated liver enzyme ALT (sgpt) level?

Don't mess w/ liver: There are 2 kinds of liver enzyme abnormalities--that signal disease of the liver cells or of the bile ducts.Abnormal liver tests may reflect fatty liver, too much alcohol, toxic exposure, occupational exposures, lot's of viral infections, metabolic problems, familial liver diseases, problems with gallbladder, bile ducts, & pancreas. What are you treating with "natural therapy"? Best to find out! ...Read more

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How can I lower my liver enzyme?What foods shall i eat?What food supplement?Thanks

How can I lower my liver enzyme?What foods shall i eat?What food supplement?Thanks

It depends: First, you need to learn why your liver enzymes are elevated.. This can come from many causes, including alcohol abuse, hepatitis, and even some food supplements. Your doctor can help you determine the cause of your elevated liver enzymes, and select treatments from there. Whole foods (especially organic, non-pesticide containing vegetables & fruits, lean proteins, & healthy fats) are essential. ...Read more

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Can acute hepititis be a sign of liver disease even if liver enzyme levels go back to near-normal?

Can acute hepititis be a sign of liver disease even if liver enzyme levels go back to near-normal?

Depends on cause: Almost all people recover completely from hep a, about 80% recover fully from hep b, only about 20% recover fully from hep c. Other causes of hepatitis, such as cmv, mono are usually transient. Alcoholic hepatitis and non-alocholic steatohepatitis can lead to permanent damage, . ...Read more

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Is 1.6 mg/dl bilirubin level normal if all other liver enzyme are normal. No yellowness of skin. How to lower it?

Is 1.6 mg/dl bilirubin level normal if all other liver enzyme are normal. No yellowness of skin. How to lower it?

Need investigation: You may wish to repeat the test to make sure the result is correct. Bilirubin of 1.6 is elevated and it can be due to many causes, some harmless and others requiring treatment. You need to see your doctor to rule out conditions that may require treatment. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003479.htm. ...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