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What causes high GGT level?

Hi. I am a 36 year old female and I had my first baby in January of this year. She was induced 3 weeks early due to pre-eclampsia. While pregnant I was on medication for pregnancy induced hypertension and was given an intraveneous dose of magnesium sulphate during labour. Whilst my blood pressure gradually reduced c5 weeks after labour and I am not on blood pressure tablets anymore, it is still higher than pre pregnancy *125/70 v 145/88). About 3 years before I got pregnant, I went to the doc because I was feeling tired and was prone to stomach cramps. Had ultrasounds etc due to high level of GGT and was diagnosed with fatty liver (didn't have a biopsy but most other tests). Didn't drink a lot but abstain from drinking alcohol now and the GGT level had reduced before pregnancy and back to nearly normal. When I was in hospital my GGT level increased again. I have been having it tested c every 6 weeks since March of this year. Whilst it had been dropping by c60 every test (it was c790 in March) the last 2 tests showed no movement (stayed at c460) and I was tested last week and it's gone up to 560. What could be causing this? I have not touched alcohol, but do feel a bit tired and slightly dizzy from time to time. Thanks.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016
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Hello! Thanks for putting your query in HCM. I am a Gastroenterologist. There are only few causes of elevation of GGT, among which alchol intake is most common. Apart from this these are:
chronic viral hepatitis,lack of blood flow to the liver, liver tumor, cirrhosis, or
overuse of certain drugs or other toxins, heart failure or diabetes. So i will suggest you to visit to your dosctor for evaluation for these causes.

I hope I have answered your query and this will help you . Wish you a good health
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What causes high GGT level?

Hello! Thanks for putting your query in HCM. I am a Gastroenterologist. There are only few causes of elevation of GGT, among which alchol intake is most common. Apart from this these are: chronic viral hepatitis,lack of blood flow to the liver, liver tumor, cirrhosis, or overuse of certain drugs or other toxins, heart failure or diabetes. So i will suggest you to visit to your dosctor for evaluation for these causes. I hope I have answered your query and this will help you . Wish you a good health