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

Test showed high AST and ALT levels. What should be done?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2001
Answered : 14848 Questions
I just got my AST and ALT test results and they are a litlle high 52 and 70 respectively. What does this mean?
Posted Thu, 10 Jan 2013 in X-ray, Lab tests and Scans
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 2 hours later
hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Though different labs may have slightly different normal ranges, in general the range of normal AST is 5 to 40 and for ALT - 7 to 56.

As you stated, your results are slightly above the normal
The possible causes would be (1) fatty liver- fatty liver is most commonly attributed to early changes from alcohol or called NAFLD (non alcoholic fatty liver disease).NAFLD is related to increased weight and diet resulting in fatty changes in the liver. This is rapidly becoming the most common reason for minor changes in liver function tests.
It is treated by weight loss, if necessary, dietary changes and an increase in physical activity. NAFLD can progress to more serious liver disease if left untreated.
(2) alcohol can also cause more changes in liver outside of fatty liver that can result in abnormal results
(3) infections- infections of the liver can cause abnormal result. In those cases, there are usually other symptoms such as fever and abdominal pain
(4)medications - mediations such as statins can cause abnormal liver function tests

Determining the exact cause would depend on the results of history and examination.

Hope this helps to explain the results, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Radiologist

© 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