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What is the significance of a high AST level?

What is the significance of a high AST level?

Many possibilities: Ast (aspartate aminotransferase) is an enzyme made by liver & muscle which when damaged can leak ast into the bloodstream more than normally. In addition to liver injury (eg from alcohol, overdoses of meds like acetaminophen, viral hepatitis, med side effects, hemochromatosis, fatty liver), ast can be high occur in thyroid disease, adrenal insufficiency, muscle disease. Sometimes no cause is found. ...Read more

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What can cause a high AST level?

What can cause a  high AST level?

Usually liver injury: Ast is an intracellular enzyme in many cells, e.g., liver cells, red cells, heart muscle etc. Injury to any of these cells causes elevation of blood levels of ast. Liver injury causes the highest elevations. ...Read more

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How high do AST (sgot) levels before concerned?

Seek the cause: These are markers for ongoing / smoldering liver injury. If mine were over 40, i'd seek a reason. The cause may be anything from too many drinks per day to deadly-but-very-treatable illnesses like hemochromatosis or wilson's. ...Read more

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My doctor said I have high AST levels. What could cause this?

My doctor said I have high AST levels. What could cause this?

Several causes: High ast levels are caused by chronic alcoholism, hepatitis a, b orc, some congenital liver disorders, ischemic hepatitis etc. ...Read more

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Is an ALT of 50 and AST of 32 considered high normal since it is still in the standard range? Are these levels anything to worry about?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the results you provided are not a cause for concern. For good heath - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My ALT and AST levelswere tested. My ALT came back high at 55, and then retested a week later it was 59. AST levels were normal. Should i be concerned?

Liver function tests: ALT and AST are liver function tests. Among possible causes for elevations are medications, alcohol use, and liver disease, including hepatitis. Your doctor may order additional tests to evaluate this finding. Sometimes, a healthy person can have test results outside the reference range, so your doctor will interpret these results in context of your overall health ...Read more

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Does ibuprofen cause high ALT and AST levels?

Does ibuprofen cause high ALT and AST levels?

In can in some folks: In fact, one initial approach to elevated alt/ast is to stop taking iboprofen & see whether they go down in 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I have high levels of triglycerid and ALT (sgpt) and AST (sgot). What does this mean?

I have high levels of triglycerid and ALT (sgpt) and AST (sgot). What does this mean?

Possibly fatty liver: Triglycerides are very long chains of repeated fatty acid molecules, that are intermediary products of fat and carbohydrate metabolism. They function as building blocks for various parts of the cell. When they are elevated, it may be genetics, diet, fat intake, or overweight condition all at play. Alt & ast are liver enzymes. In this case, the most likely meaning is fatty liver. ...Read more

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What could consistently cause high AST & ALT levels in a healthy and active person who doesn't drink?

What could consistently cause high AST & ALT levels in a healthy and active person who doesn't drink?

Fatty infiltration: Viral and autoimmune hepatitis always needs to be considered and ruled out. Asymptomatic fatty infiltration can cause ast, alt elevation. That condition is generally not of any clinical significance other than periodic lft should be checked for stability. ...Read more

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I took abbout 8 ibuprfens a day for about a week.Wd that cause high ALT and AST levels.How long does ibu stay in system?

Liver inflammation: It is possible that the Ibuprofen contributed, but there may be other reasons as well. This needs to be further evaluated. ...Read more