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High liver count due to alochol, now normal. Had 2 days of alcohol after that. Test 2 days later normal. But weird bloated feeling. Enlarged?

High liver count due to alochol, now normal. Had 2 days of alcohol after that. Test 2 days later normal. But weird bloated feeling. Enlarged?

Liver and Alcohol: This is very consistent to the damage that can be done by alcohol and how the liver can bounce back. But, abusing your liver again makes me wonder how many times you will get away with experimenting with it's health. The second set of labs after drinking for two days may very well have been too early for accuracy. The bloating and swollen liver is exactly what should be happening. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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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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Liver blood values got 50 u/l-gpt 84 u/l-ggt 118 u/l, big problem? Had much alcohol past 2 weeks, stopped 2 days before test

Liver blood values got 50 u/l-gpt 84 u/l-ggt 118 u/l, big problem? Had much alcohol past 2 weeks, stopped 2 days before test

I'm happy for you: Congratulations on recognizing the problem. Your physician will probably ask to have these repeated in two weeks off alcohol. They will probably be normal. You have dodged a bullet. Your life will be far better without alcohol, and my hope is that the new friendships and activities that you find will be as richly rewarding as others who have had the same experience. ...Read more

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Can my high liver function tests recover from abstinence from alcohol?

Can my high liver function tests recover from abstinence from alcohol?

Yes: The liver can recover with abstinence, particularly if cirrhosis is not present. However, if cirrhosis is present, there may still be mild elevations in the liver enzymes despite abstinence. But the best treatment for your liver is to discontinue all drinking. Elevated enzymes are telling you that the liver is suffering from the alcohol. ...Read more

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For what length of time can alcohol be detected in the liver using a liver function test?

It depends on what y: Alcohol itself can not be detected in the liver but it liver damaging effects can be noted in blood tests. But only excess of alcohol will cause liver damage in the form of hepatitis. This menifests as increase of liver enzymes which spill over into the blood. The effect comes on quickly like within 24 hrs and lasts for a few days. But more severe damage can cause chronic hepatitis which persist. ...Read more

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What causes elevated GGT when all other liver tests are normal and the person rarely drinks alcohol?

What causes elevated GGT when all other liver tests are normal and the person rarely drinks alcohol?

Other Chemicals: Rarely needs to be quantified because if it is not alcohol, I suspect it is due to some other chemical or drugs that you are exposed to like Phenytoin and carbamazepine. ...Read more

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My ex is daily drinker. He had borderline liver test where he was losing some of his liver usage. What test will show alcohol use chronic?

My ex is daily drinker. He had borderline liver test where he was losing some of his liver usage. What test will show alcohol use chronic?

Drinking that: Interferes w/work, marriage, relationships, etc. Is a problem that needs to be managed. Some say "it's only beer" or "it's only on weeks ends." This clinical way of measuring drinking problems is more useful than ounces and type of drink. Peace and good health. The borderline liver function tests adds to the need to deal w/this. AA is a good start. ...Read more

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If you had consumed a large amount of alcohol just prior to having a liver function test, would the results likely be affected by this? Thanks.

If you had consumed a large amount of alcohol just prior to having a liver function test, would the results likely be affected by this? Thanks.

Liver functions: Large amounts of alcohol will cause a temporary rise in AST and ALT that usually resolves within a week of not drinking. If liver tests are still elevated, usually an ultrasound and blood tests for hepatitis are done. ...Read more

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Might a routine hep b/c test show liver damage caused by alcohol?

Might a routine hep b/c test show liver damage caused by alcohol?

Abnormal liver tests: The routine liver function tests will not distinguish between hepatitis a viral infection and damage done by alcohol. ...Read more

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If your liver GGT is elevated twice in a row within 3 months apart and don't consume alcohol, should I be concerned? Any follow up tests necessary?

If your liver GGT is elevated twice in a row within 3 months apart and don't consume alcohol, should I be concerned? Any follow up tests necessary?

Need more info: What were your GGT levels? Did the level increase between two readings? What medications do you take? Have you been tested for Hepatitis C? What are the results of other liver function tests? It would be prudent to discuss the matter with the doctor who ordered the tests. ...Read more

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Dear sir/madame, my s.G.O.T. (ast) level is 60 iu/l (normal level 5-35iu/l) according to my liver test. I used to smoke but never consumed alcohol.

Dear sir/madame, my s.G.O.T. (ast) level is 60 iu/l (normal level 5-35iu/l) according to my liver test. I used to smoke but never consumed alcohol.

Need more tests: Serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT) or aspartate aminotransferase, ast is a useful biomarker of liver injury. However, ast is also present in other tissues, so is not specific to the liver. You should have additional testing done to include all components of the liver function, bilirubin, sgpt/alt, alkaline phosphatase as well as a viral hepatitis panel. ...Read more

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Hello Doctor! For the past 13 months that I was diagnosed of fatty liver, I still experience pains in my right chest. I hv quit drinking alcohol at same time and also exercising plus healthy feeding. The last time I carried out a Liver function was test was l

Hello Doctor! For the past 13 months that I was diagnosed of fatty liver, I still experience pains in my right chest. I hv quit drinking alcohol at same time and also exercising plus healthy feeding. The last time I carried out a Liver function was test was l

Congratulations!: Stay sober, it will make a big difference - feel proud! Also, continue to have appropriate checkups and ask about the results, advice, expectations, etc. Depending on the level of prior damage, you may always need to be careful or you may be nearly fine. Find out. I hope you can enjoy a good life! ...Read more

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Can a liver test reveal drug or alcohol use?

Can a liver test reveal drug or alcohol use?

Sort of: Regular heavy drinking and problematic alcohol use can be diagnosed with certain liver enzyme tests and other blood tests and biomarkers of alcohol intake such as GGT, CDT, PEth. Drug problems can't be diagnosed by liver tests per se but blood, urine, and hair can be tested for drugs of abuse or their metabolites. Interpreting these tests is not always straightforward depending on the context. ...Read more

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Could you have alcohol-induced itching, but show no signs on a liver panel test?

Alcohol & Liver test: Pruritus will not show up on any blood testing. But, liver swelling, irritation, or toxicity may very well show up on blood tests for the liver. ...Read more

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Between liver tests for ALT and ast, how many weeks should I wait after giving up alcohol to see if the liver has healed. Is 2 weeks enough?

Between liver tests for ALT and ast, how many weeks should I wait after giving up alcohol to see if the liver has healed. Is 2 weeks enough?

Highly variable: This depends upon the extent of damage to your liver, the duration of your alcoholism and the underlying state of your liver to begin with. On top of that, if you are going to be using the alt and ast values improving as a reason to begin drinking again, this is of no value. Chronic hepatic damage leading to cirrhosis can occur with minimal elevations of enzymes or none at all. ...Read more

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Result for my enlarge liver bilirubin direct. 36 and indirect 1.05 and gamma GT is 93 and remain test in range so what is the problem and no alcohol?

Cholestasis?: Thanks for clarifying. Something may be slowing the flow of bile in your liver; your direct bilirubin and GGT are just a bit high. If you're not taking any medications and your imaging studies aren't remarkable, you might be asked simply to watch this; it may simply be you. Or your physician may refer or work you up. This isn't suggestive of alcohol in the first place. ...Read more

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What can cause abnormaly high liver test repeatedly for almost a year now. Hepatitis testing came back negative. 30/f/ 121lbs. Do not drink alcohol.

What can cause abnormaly high liver test repeatedly for almost a year now. Hepatitis testing came back negative. 30/f/ 121lbs. Do not drink alcohol.

Consider biopsy: Make sure that you look at medications such as herbs, supplements, nsaids and avoid them to see if it helps. You should also have complete liver blood work done besides hepatitis panel as well as an ultrasound of your liver. If this comes back normal consider seeing a hepatologist and consider a biopsy for definitive answers. ...Read more

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If I take a liver enzyme blood test, will it detect alcohol I drank?

If I take a liver enzyme blood test, will it detect alcohol I drank?

No: If you want to know the level of alcohol, then your doctor have to order blood alcohol level specifically. The liver enzyme test will not tell you alcohol level. However, alcohol certainly will affect your liver function. If you have been drinking a lot for many years, alcohol can lead into liver cirrhosis and risk for liver failure and liver cancer. ...Read more

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Had blood test all fine but liver levels abnormal. I never drank alcohol or smoked anything. Now due a scan, is this y I am losing a lot of hair?

See below: Hair loss can be seen in liver disease, probably not the most common symptom though. This is common in iron deficiency and hypoactive thyroid, which I presume was done by your doctor. ...Read more

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Had mono, blood test showed normal liver function though. How long after symptoms disappear before alcohol is allowed? I am 35, and otherwise healthy.

Had mono, blood test showed normal liver function though. How long after symptoms disappear before alcohol is allowed? I am 35, and otherwise healthy.

Hard to say: Mono often causes liver inflammation and that is where the toxins in alcohol must be broken down. If you drink while the liver is already compromised, you increase the chance of liver injury. Light drinking might not stir up a big problem, but keeping that in mind could help you avoid some harsh consequences. ...Read more

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If someone was drinking alcohol every other day over limit, would liver blood tests usually be abnormal if some sort of damage is occurring?

If someone was drinking alcohol every other day over limit, would liver blood tests usually be abnormal if some sort of damage is occurring?

Over limit??: Which limit is that. The safe limit for drinking in men is no more than 2 standard drinks (2 12 oz. Beers, 2 5 oz. Wineglasses of standard wine, 3 oz 80 proof spirits) per day, no more than 14 per week, and no more than 4 on any one occasion. Even at that level, some people will get liver inflammation. Liver enzymes (ALT, AST) are very sensitive to inflammation and will generally be elevated. ...Read more

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Blood disorders. What conditions cuase blood to be thin, genteic/disease. Is it liver, bones? Alcohol Intolerant, always have been. What test is needed?

Blood disorders. What conditions cuase blood to be thin, genteic/disease. Is it liver, bones? Alcohol Intolerant, always have been. What test is needed?

Too general: This would take a textbook to answer. Dozens of common genetic diseases make blood less prone to clot; and there are hundreds of causes of anemia alone. You're fortunate that alcohol does not agree with you, but this is unconnected. If you've been told you have "thin blood", demand a scientific diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My friend had one beer last night. Tomorrow he is to take an etg alcohol test. What can he do to get rid of the alcohol in liver, blood, and system?

My friend had one beer last night. Tomorrow he is to take an etg alcohol test. What can he do to get rid of the alcohol in liver, blood, and system?

Wrong Forum: I am sorry to report to you here that we really are physicians and are not in any way interested in helping people beat or scam drug and alcohol testing. People die from alcohol and drug misuse and abuse. If one has legal consequences from their use of these mind altering substances then there may be a reason to stay sober or to get to a serene understanding that they should not drink. ...Read more

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I'm not an alcoholic, but do binge. I might have to do a Liver Function Test next fri, if I have alcohol tonight will it adversely effect the test?

I'm not an alcoholic, but do binge. I might have to do a Liver Function Test next fri, if I have alcohol tonight will it adversely effect the test?

Likely yes: Depending on how frequently and how much you binge, your liver may already show signs of injury, so your liver function tests will probably be elevated. I would suggest going to 12 Step meetings or seeking other forms of counseling and treatment if your binging is severe. ...Read more

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Hematology. What conditions cuase blood to be thin, genteic/disease. Is it liver, bones. Alcohol Intolerant, always have been. What test is needed?

Hematology. What conditions cuase blood to be thin, genteic/disease. Is it liver, bones. Alcohol Intolerant, always have been. What test is needed?

Long list...: Generally, when people mention "thin blood, " they mean difficulty with clotting (having a bleeding disorder). This can be due to liver disease, medications, bone marrow problems, and genetic issues with deficiencies of certain blood factors (or acquired deficiencies later in life). Alcohol abuse can also lead to this in a couple of different ways. Blood testing can help identify causes. ...Read more

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Liver. High gamma GT levels in liver function tests rest clear. I have never drank alcohol. All scans clear, had lead poison as a child. Low ferrittin too

Probably just you: About 1 person in 1000 has an autosomal dominant tendency to a high ggt. These people get accused wrongly of being closet drinkers. It's really unfortunate and I'm sorry this happened to you. I trust you're not on any medications that might be doing this. ...Read more

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Could drinking alcohol the night before a blood test raised liver enzymes?

Yes: It's common. Tell your physician you were partying. If the enzymes are high, they'll be repeated after a time off alcohol. ...Read more

Avoiding Alcohol (Definition)

No alcohol means the normal condition in which a person does not drink any alcohol-containing drinks. Having 1 or 2 beers a week would ...Read more