Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
131 Doctors are Online

Drinker, elevated AST and ALT

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2000
Answered : 339 Questions
Elevated AST in liver function
I have been a relatively heavy drinker for some years, seldom drunk but always buzzed. Annually I have had CBC's done and the ALT and AST were always normal. A year ago they were AST 29 and ALT 25. This year the turned out to be AST 48 and ALT 28. My doctor has taken me off alcohol for a month and wants to re-do the studies. How concerned do I need to be with these values? Why has it elevated so much during one year? I have no symptoms of liver disease. Thank you.
Posted Tue, 22 May 2012 in Liver and Gall Bladder
Answered by Dr. Poorna Chandra K.S 14 hours later
Hi and thanks for the query.

AST & ALT are the enzymes normally present in the liver. Their secretion is induced by liver injury and are released into the blood. Any liver injury causes the elevation od AST and ALT. Alcohol is a common cause of hepatic injury and any elevation of these enzymes in an alcoholic is considered to be secondary to alcohol unless proved otherwise.

Early in alcohol induced liver injury complete cessation leads to resolution of hepatic inflammation and recovery. Hence keep abstaining and you could enjoy a healthy life.

Hope I have answered your query. Please accept my answer if you have no further questions.

Wishing you good health.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Lab Tests
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Gastroenterologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor