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Diagnosed with mononucleosis. Blood test shows high liver enzymes. Due to alcohol intake?

I wa diagnosed with mononucleosis 3 months ago. And it lasted about 2.5 months. My doctor did a blood test about a month ago and pronounced me healthy. But she said my liver enzymes were elevated and that she wanted to take blood again in 3 weeks. Since saying that I ve been to see her and she took more blood. She says that my enzymes are still elevated. What does this mean? Why haven t they gone down? And what is the effect of alcohol on the liver when my enzymes are elevated?
Fri, 4 Jan 2013
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Hi,
You were diagnosed as Mononucleosis & pronounced healthy 1 month back, but your
liver enzymes were elevated. This elevation is due to associated Hepatitis which is a
complication of mononucleosis. You are not jaundiced. You must understand that it is contagious disease., but for how long - varies individual to individual.
Blood test to access the liver function and if necessary the Antibody titer may - have to be repeated.
Alcohol and other Hepato-toxic drugs to be avoided. Periodic consultation for few months is a must.
Once again reminding you it is contagious - so keep your things TOTALLY separate for few months.
best Wishes
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General & Family Physician Dr. Mamun Kabir's  Response
thank you.hepatitis is a common complication of infectious mononucleosis which is caused by EB virus.the liver enzyme may be raised for 2-3 months then gradually decrease.there is a close association between elevated liver enzyme and chronic alcoholism.so try to avoid alcohol.
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