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What causes raised liver enzymes?

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Posted on Tue, 22 Jul 2014
Question: Hi. I recently did a home blood test as I'm due to get my driving licence back but have to have a medical and blood testit came back as

Bilirubin 7
Alkaline phosphhatase. 75

AST. 174

ALT. 95

GGT. 143
Protein 75
Albumin. 43
Globulin 32. I have low iron count And take iron tabs and also I'm on anti depressants. If there is a problem with these indicators can you advise on reducing the figures. I do drink alcohol but have reduced intake substantially over the last few months Thank you
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Answered by Dr. Ratnakar Kini (13 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You need to quit drinking alcohol

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for posting your query.
I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you.

I went through your post.
Your liver enzymes are significantly raised.

The pattern of the raise in the liver enzymes is suggestive of alcoholic hepatitis.
You need to quit drinking alcohol for the liver to recover.

There are other causes of raised liver enzymes as well of which viral infections Hepatitis B and C are very significant. You need to get tested for these as well.

Also an ultrasound scan of the abdomen needs to be done to see whether you have features of chronic liver disease.

I hope that answers your question.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
Regards,
Dr.R.K.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ratnakar Kini (18 minutes later)
Can you advise if there is any food or supplements which would help. And if I stop drinking how quickly would these indicators reduce ???? Thank you for your help in this matter
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Answered by Dr. Ratnakar Kini (9 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Answer given below

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
You can continue taking milk thistle.

If you stop drinking , the enzymes would return to baseline within 3 months.

I hope that answers your question.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
Regards,
Dr.R.K
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes raised liver enzymes?

Brief Answer: You need to quit drinking alcohol Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for posting your query. I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you. I went through your post. Your liver enzymes are significantly raised. The pattern of the raise in the liver enzymes is suggestive of alcoholic hepatitis. You need to quit drinking alcohol for the liver to recover. There are other causes of raised liver enzymes as well of which viral infections Hepatitis B and C are very significant. You need to get tested for these as well. Also an ultrasound scan of the abdomen needs to be done to see whether you have features of chronic liver disease. I hope that answers your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr.R.K.