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Does gastroenteritis have similar symptoms as hepatitis ?

Can gastroenteritis be confused with hepatitis (symptom-wise)? The reason I ask is because I had my liver function tested on Wednesday and on Monday (5 days later), I felt really tired and woke up hours later to extreme diarrhea , chills and some vomiting . I felt so bad that I went to the ER and was given an IV and some anti-acid and anti-diarrhea meds. By Wednesday I felt better and started eating regular food after only having water, Gatorade and Lipton noodle soup the previous day. On Wednesday, one week after the liver test was done, my doctor called to inform me that my liver enzymes were elevated (at 88 when norm is up to 50). He s re-testing me and also running other liver tests. Could I have been experiencing hepatitis and not gastroenteritis? It is now Saturday, 5 days since I first felt ill and my feces is solid but yellow.
Asked On : Wed, 5 Dec 2012
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Apr 2013
Dear Mister, symptoms that you have described are specific for gastroenteritis and it should be the first problem to think about. If you feel better now and dont have these symptom it means that your therapy was successful. Symptoms of hepatitis are nonspecific. It depends are you talking about acute or chronic hepatitis? A,B or C? Which liver enzymes are elevated? If AST and ALT than it can be liver lesion, if GGT it can be alcoholic liver disease and ALP means that you probably have billiary system obstruction.

Symptoms of acute hepatitisa are pain in upper right quadrant, jaundice, anorexia and fatigue but it can asymptomatic as well.

So what should you do?

1. Lab tests: bilirubin, red blood count

2. Viral DNA/RNA analysis to rule out viral hepatitis

3. Liver ultrasound

When you do this everything should be clear..

Wish you good health, Dr. Ivan Romich (Rominho)
Answered: Wed, 5 Dec 2012
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Gastroenterologist Dr. Charles S Narasi's  Response
Hello, sinteeuh,
Acute Hepatitis caused by Type- A virus can be contracted through
eating contaminated food or drinks. This was used to be called
"Infectious Hepatitis ". Usual symptoms are the kind of symtoms
that you experienced. Usually this is self limited in most people
and does not require any special medications. Your doctor is ordering
Hepatitis profile for the major Hepatitis viruses ,A ,B , & C types.
I have a strong feeling what you have is Type-A and you will
recover completely.I want you to think back and see what you
might have had, may be in a restaurant or at a picnic .
You will have to dig deep and find out if any of your friends or
family members that ate at the same place had similar problems.
I am sure when you see your doctor for results, he will reassure you.
In the mean time, start taking some good B-Complex Vitamin supplement
and 1000mg. of Vit-C and eat a good high protein diet.
I wish you well.
Answered: Wed, 5 Dec 2012
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