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AST, aspartate transaminase, is an enzyme present mainly in the liver and heart. An AST blood test helps to measure the amount of AST in the blood. It is used in routine blood screening to diagnose liver diseases. The normal range of AST lies between 5 to 40 international units per liter (IU/L) of serum. High AST levels in the blood may indicate cirrhosis, fatty liver, alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis, and mononucleosis.

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My mom had major back surgery and is very fatigued. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother is 79 years old. She had major back surgery five weeks ago. She has been very fatigued. I ordered blood tests last week. She is on daily pills. She is on Aspirin 81 mg, Oxybutynin 5 mg, Docusate 200 mg Vitamin D3 at 2000 units, Estradiol 0.5 mg, Folic acid 1 mg, Centrum Silver...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and I understand you are worried about your mother's health. She has got surgery, and due to that, too, there is also some weakness in this phase of convalescence. Her blood tests show ...  Read Full »

Just got blood results, should I test for hepatitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I just got my blood results, which I have uploaded. There are two files. One is about three months old and the other one is from today. I am afraid that I have a liver damage. Should I get tested for hepatitis A, B and C? I had donated blood four months ago and that time there was no p...  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I've carefully reviewed all the provided data (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Two noteworthy abnormalities stand out. Firstly, the high percentage of lymphocytes combined with the low neutrophil count is commonly associated with viral fever. This pattern...  Read Full »

Please review my liver function blood tests.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 55 years old male, height 5 feet 5 inches, and weight 163 lbs. I do not drink or smoke. Presently, I am not under any medications. Previously, I took medicines for suspected acid reflux symptoms for six months but stopped since one year. I used to undergo comprehensive blood tests...  Read Full »

Dr. Kannane Tirougnanassambandare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I note that your query is related to abnormal LFTs (blood liver function tests) SGOT (AST- aspartate transaminase) and SGPT (ALT- alanine transaminase). From the information you provided (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I understand that: You are asym...  Read Full »

Can taking cocaine two days early alter the LFT levels?

Query: Hello doctor, Could cocaine use two days before blood draw cause the LFTs (ALT=90 and AST=86) to be elevated? If so, how long of an abstinence period (not using cocaine) would be needed to get LFTs back down to normal levels?  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. Taking cocaine two days earlier can increase the LFTs. LFTs can also be raised due to many causes including liver infection, increased alcohol intake, intake of toxic chemicals including cocaine,...  Read Full »

My mom is diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis with high ALT and AST levels. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My mom was diagnosed by chance with the liver disease about three months ago when she did some routine blood tests. Her values then were: ALT = 157 U/L. AST = 106 U/L. ALP = 727 U/L. GGT = 575 U/L. She had ultrasound and CT tests, but nothing wrong showed up with her liver at all. She...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I am reviewing your case history in detail and will get back to you shortly. Thanks and take care.  Read Full »

What do elevated ALT, AST, and bilirubin levels indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26-year-old male. I am very active and take a healthy diet. I do not take alcohol and never smoked for five years. I just did my bloodwork, and my ALT levels were 55, and bilirubin is 1.5. My AST levels are 31. I have been taking vegan protein and Ashwagandha (herbal supplement...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your reports are up to mark (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and there are slightly increased ALT (alanine transaminase), which is not significant to cause any symptoms. So you do not have to worry. It can be due to the medicine you are taking or...  Read Full »

Why do I have grade 1 fatty liver and raised AST even after medication and diet control?

Query: Hello doctor, Last year my ultrasound showed grade 1 fatty liver with AST 90 and ALT 143. After one month of diet control, AST and ALT came back to normal and was normal until the next six months. I again got it tested one week back and my ultrasound showing grade 1 fatty liver with 15.7 cm size. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from Grade 1 fatty liver with raised AST (aspartate aminotransferase) level. According to your investigations result (attachment removed to protect patient identity), your triglyceri...  Read Full »

Can I take Liv 52 if there is mild liver cell injury?

Query: Hello doctor,My ALT107.8, AST 72.5, and GGT 103 are high in my LFT test. Please advice a medication or shall I have Liv 52. I do not have any other complaints.  Read Full »

Dr. J. N. Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please understand that biochemical tests are interpreted with clinical symptoms. Liver function tests (LFT) indicate mild liver cell injury. I would suggest you stop smoking and drinking alcohol. I want to emphasize that there is no medication to treat once the liver i...  Read Full »

What does increased level of ALT and AST suggest?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had two blood tests conducted within the last two weeks. The results from both tests showed high amounts of ALT and AST (liver function). I am interested in knowing if there is anything I should do to lower these levels to normal.  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to See your liver enzymes, amylase, lipase, and creatinine is raised. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). To treat this we need to know the cause. I would like to know if you have been consuming alcohol? I would also like to know if you have diabetes, hi...  Read Full »

I would like to know the meaning of some results I have attached. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know the meaning of some results I have attached. Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Klerida Shehu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I viewed your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and I can say as follows 1. Your body max index is 39, and it indicates your obesity. 2. Abdominal CT findings are fatty liver, and mild enlarge prostate. Fatty liver means that the liver is o...  Read Full »

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