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What are the common causes of an elevated sgot?
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Alcohol
Sgot, also called ast is traditionally associated with liver function test along with SGPT (or alt).
 it is raised in liver cell injury, but is not as specific to the liver as alt is. It is also present in red blood cells, cardiac and skeletal muscle. The ratio of ast to alt is sometimes useful in determining causes of liver damage. A classic example of elevated ast>alt is alcoholic liver disease.

In brief: Alcohol
Sgot, also called ast is traditionally associated with liver function test along with SGPT (or alt).
 it is raised in liver cell injury, but is not as specific to the liver as alt is. It is also present in red blood cells, cardiac and skeletal muscle. The ratio of ast to alt is sometimes useful in determining causes of liver damage. A classic example of elevated ast>alt is alcoholic liver disease.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
In brief: Several
The most common nowadays is "metabolic syndrome" due largely to lack of exercise.
If stopping alcohol and any meds you don't really need to be taking doesn't cause the SGOT to return to normal, you'll also be checked for hepatitis b and c, autoimmune hepatitis, hemochromatosis and wilson's. Good luck.

In brief: Several
The most common nowadays is "metabolic syndrome" due largely to lack of exercise.
If stopping alcohol and any meds you don't really need to be taking doesn't cause the SGOT to return to normal, you'll also be checked for hepatitis b and c, autoimmune hepatitis, hemochromatosis and wilson's. Good luck.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. David Drewitz
Agreed. Vigorous exercise could also be a cause of elevated SGOT.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Exactly. And I was assuming this was an SGOT known to be of hepatic origin.
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