Help Interpreting LFT

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Can someone help me with interpreting these my doctor is not the best and I'm worried.

I had these done over a year ago and they said they were high and they don't know why. Over a year later they have risen futher. My doctor has said they don't know why.


Serum total bilirubin level

28 umol/L.

Reference: 5.00 - 26.00umol/L.


Serum ALT level

129 iu/L.

Reference: <55.00iu/L.


Serum albumin

78 g/L.

Reference: 30 - 45g/L.


Please I dont know what it means and im worried. Help me interpret and decide what next.

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    They would suggest that you have a problem with your liver. Do you drink, and if so, don't say hardly any, if you do drink quite a bit, because it is difficult to help interpret the information without accurate feedback.

    You must have more results than just those three. Can you scan the report and add it using the add picture function, which is the mountain icon with the sun, you need to hit reply to see this.

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      Well the high bilirubin can be caused by an infected gallbladder, or cholecystitis. Sometimes hepatitis or a condition known as Gilbert's Syndrome. More likely one of the former. But yours is only marginally outside the range and I wouldn't think it is anything to be too concerned about - although watch the trend and by that I mean, I don't think it is any of the above, just needs keeping an eye on.

      It is usually low albumin that is a problem, not high. High can mean you were dehydrated when you gave blood.

      High serum ALT is indicative of a problem with the liver.

      It is hard to diagnose over the internet and I am not a doctor, just someone that has many scans and blood tests over the last couple of years, so has a reasonable idea what they mean.

      I would perhaps ask your GP to refer you to the gastroenterologist at the local hospital for tests. The figures generally aren't that bad, although they do indicate that there may be a problem and the fact that they are rising and the GP doesn't know why, means that they should be checked.

      The fact that you don't drink is reassuring. And not that it matters, but your serum urea is very low, so little chance of getting gout. I think if anything is wrong, it is probably minor. But as they are rising and the GP has no answers, best to get it checked by a specialist. At the end of the day, you will be able to stop worrying then.

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      Thank you that is just what I needed to read before bed, its calmed my nerves.

      I'll book in tomorrow just was worried. I really appreciate your reply thanks.

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