Elevated ALT, GGT, ALP - cause unknown...

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Hi everyone

I'm currently living in South America and my doc doesn't seem to know what I have apart from some kind of Hepatitis. So I'm looking for opinions on my liver function test results.

I went to see the doctor (Gastroenterology) around 1.5 months ago due to stomach problems as I was worried that I have gastritis or ulcers. He gave me Omeprazol to reduce acid for 1 month. That made me feel better though it's kind of back, now that I finished all the pills.

Apart from that, I did a blood test as well as urine and stool test. All results seemed ok except three liver function markers (ALT, GGT, ALP). Based on that, my doc said that I have a liver inflamation (=hepatitis). Ultrasound of various organs and another blood test for a variety of viruses and parasites didn't show any results. So he just told me to do the liver function test once a month, eat normally but abstain alcohol.

Now I've gotten the results of the second test (1 month after the first) and results seem similar...one slightly worse, two better - but still much higer than normal.

The results (a month ago/today/normal values):

Alanine transaminase (ALT)   62.76, 77.19 (normal up to 50.0)​​

Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (gamma-GT)   158.80, 146.69 (normal up to 55)

Alkaline phosphatase (ALP)   553.14, 348.82 (normal below 258.0)

All other results are still in the normal range.



HIV, Parasiten (Toxoplasma), Rubeola, Herpes, Hepatitis A,B,C

Probably not the cause:

- Eppstein-Barr: I already had it a couple of years ago so it's not acute anymore. IgG positive but IgM negative

- Alcohol: until around 3 months ago, I used to drink an avg. of 0.3 liters of beer (1 small can), daily. At some point I didn't feel very well after drinking - maybe due to the liver or the gastritis/ulcers. I haven't had alcohol at all since the first test and never craved it...

- Fatty food: I'm not overweight nor do I eat/like much fatty food.

By the way, I'm male, 30y, BMI of 21.

Any ideas would be highly appreciated! Thanks for reading.

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  • Posted

    Hi Tom have you not had a liver biopsy. It sounds like you definitely need one.your numbers are very high and your having your blood taking once a month which is a lot.i hope you find out what is going on x
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    Thank you for both of your replies!

    I would like to do a biopsy but am hesitant because I'm still waiting for my international insurance to confirm whether they will cover the expenses. I'm afraid it's probably quite expensive without insurance. Also, the doctor seems to be of the opinion that it can wait...

    I'm not sure iron was tested for.

    The blood test included the following (all in normal range):

    White Blood Cell Count (WBC)

    Hematocrit (HCT)

    Hemoglobin (HGB)

    Red Blood Cell Count (RBC)

    Mean corpuscular volume (MCV)

    Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH)

    Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC)



    Basal glucose



    Uric acid

    Total bilirubin

    Direct bilirubin

    Indirect bilirubin




    Total proteins


    Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH)

    + the 3 mentioned before andwhich were elevated

    Ultrasound showed no abnormal morphology, size or echogenicity and with no dilitation of bile ducts nor focal lesion.

    Gallbladder with fine walls and acalculous.

    Spleen, pancreas and kidneys without alteration.

    No internal or retroperitoneal adenopathies (?) and no free liquids.

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    • Posted

      When you have a scan it's usally picked up.you have a lot of symptoms I have like bloating and acid.my numbers were raised and they said it's fatty liver.when did you last have a scan
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      Hi sarah

      If it's usually picked up but they didn't mention it, I would assume they didn't find anything pointing to it. The first tests were 1 month ago, the second test for liver function was 2 days ago.

      I understand that bloating and acid can be caused by a wide range of things. Does fatty liver have some other, more specific sympthoms?

      I did also miss one more slightly "abnormal" value in the initial blood test:

      Eosinophils (EOS) were at 4.8% (normal range 0.9-2.90).

      At the same time the Eosinophil (EOS) # count was 479 which seems still to be normal (20-500).

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      The symptoms are so vague that's why there is 8 million Americans with it and don't even no they have it I live in uk London and my doctor says were not far behind that figure. I would love to know as I bet you too what they find with you .You seem to be in good health no hep c it's horrible not knowing but iam sure you want to know.are you under liver specialist
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      What you described is a Liver Function Test.  Iron Studies includes Serum Iron, Ferritin Iron, Transferrin Saturation %, and TIBC.  Drs are pretty stupid for not doing an Iron Studies test as a matter of course.  Only the good ones do it.

      Too much ferritin iron causes fatty liver (as in haemochromatosis) and a fatty liver causes high ferritin iron.  Fatty liver is not necessarily caused by consuming fat - sugar and starches are the real culprit.

      You are not in a country where a dr might think of this.  So you will have to be assertive and ask for it.

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      Hi Tom

      Can I ask what your outcome was? I have raised ALT levels that have increased in 3 blood tests over the last 6 weeks. Levels are at 73 atm. I've had a full medical check. Scans, full bloods etc for pretty much every condition and I am extremely healthy apart from the ALT levels. I have had an ultrasound to check my liver and everything looks healthy. Not fatty at all. Where are you with your diagnosis?

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