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Stomach flu, blood work indicated elevated liver enzymes, hep negative. what it could be? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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My 25 year old son went to the doctor for what was diagnosed as stomach flu. He is fine now, but his blood work indicated elevated liver enzymes. Subsequent tests for hepatitis were negative. He does not drink or smoke and is normal weight. What could it be?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   Hello
Doctor :   I have gone through your query.
Doctor :   May I ask you a few questions pertaining to his problem ?
User :   Sure
Doctor :   May I know if his SGOT & SGPT or AST & ALT were showing elevated levels ?
User :   I don't know.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know since how long he is having stomach flu ?
Doctor :   Did he have any temperature at any point of time during stomach flu ?
User :   He had stomach flu about ten days ago, and he has been fully recovered for a week. The flu symptoms lasted four to five days. For that reason, the doctor wants to do another blood test in a week. He did have a temperature of about 100.0
Doctor :   Elevated enzymes signify not only a liver disease, sometimes due to excess break down of muscle fibers in athletes, or during a fever , many patients have elevated AST & ALT. This doesnt signify a liver disease per se like hepatitis, usually elevated or abnormal levels of S.Bilirubin and S.Albumin signify more of hepatitis or liver disease, So not to worry at all.
User :   Thank you very much.
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me, Do you have anything else I can help you with ?
User :   That is all. Thanks again and good bye.
Doctor :   Take care, Bye for now.
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