The full form of GGT is gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase. Studies state that it helps in the breaking down and moving of proteins. The normal GGT value is 0 to 30 IU/L. If there is an increase in this value, it indicates that the liver is not functioning properly.
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My GGT levels are high. What should I do? Should I take any tests?
Query: Hi doctor, I received my blood reports today, and the GGT levels were elevated. My liver enzymes were constantly high, as I had previously been informed. I do not consume alcohol. I take tablet Carbamazepine 500 mg daily for epilepsy and tablet Salpraz for dyspepsia, which I understand may both aggr... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Have you taken any abdominal ultrasounds? Do you suffer from fatty liver? Please respond to all these questions for better evaluation and assessment. There is no need to be anxious about such a value. Read Full »
I am 36 years old, and my GGT level is 147 IU/L . What could be the reason?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 36 years old. I never had an alcohol-drinking habit, but my GGT level is 147 IU/L. I have had burning pain on the left abdominal side for 15 years. I consulted specialist doctors, but they said it might be due to gastritis and had medications for the same. However, I am still h... Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.1. Is your abdominal pain on the left side only?2. Are you overweight or obese?Obesity can cause an increase in isolated GGT (gamma-glutamyl transferase) levels. But we need to rule out other possible causes for elevated GGT levels. For example, it can rise in cholangiti... Read Full »
I have a slightly enlarged spleen and abnormal levels of GGT enzymes, vitamin B12, and platelets. Please advice.
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37-year-old male. I am six feet tall and weigh 180 lbs. I recently was found with an incidental finding of a slightly enlarged spleen about four years ago. It is 15 cm in size, and it has not increased. My spleen was found to be large because of the low platelets I have. It has bee... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. All your investigations are normal. Platelet is also fine. It seems that an enlarged spleen is unlikely here. But still, if it is there, we need to find the cause. It does not look serious, as there is no jaundi... Read Full »
I have pain in the upper right quadrant with high LFT values. How to manage it?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 30 years old and had a full body checkup. My liver function test showed the following values. Alanine transaminase (ALT) 104 U/L (method - UV with pyridoxal-5-phosphate), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) 60 U/L and Gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) 63 U/L. I am concerned about the LF... Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I can see that you are concerned about your laboratory test. You did not mention alcohol or medication use.Increased liver enzymes can be caused by fatty liver, viral infections, and some less common causes.I would recommend you to do a liver ultrasound, and if it was no... Read Full »
What are the harmful effects of elevated GGT?
Query: Hello doctor,I got my blood test results showing a GGT of 92. I know it is high because of alcohol, but I do not know what it means to me. Should I go to the hospital immediately? Is it an impending liver failure in weeks, months, or years? Would this mean I am already showing evident signs of probl... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand that you have doubts regarding GGT (gamma glutaryl transferase) enzyme values. Let me first explain to you a little about the enzyme. GGT is an enzyme found in cell membranes of many tissues, mainly in the liver, kidney, and pancreas. GGT levels can ... Read Full »
Is it safe to take liver medicines along with BP medicine?
Query: Hello doctor, I was detected with mild hepatomegaly with fatty changes. My SGOT is 52, SGPT 99, and GGT is 110. Doctor gave me Heptagon tablet twice daily, Nusam 200 twice daily, and Ursocol twice daily. Is it fine to take these medicines? Is it a heavy dose? Already, I am taking Tazloc 40, Nebi... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from mild hepatomegaly with fatty changes. I have gone through your investigation reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and found that your triglycerides level... Read Full »
What should I do to lower my raised GGT values?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 37 years old. My GGT value is high 330, and I am an alcoholic. I have stopped alcohol for 15 days. I do not have any symptoms regarding this issue. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Here GGT is not the only value that is raised, but other liver enzymes are too in abnormal ranges. If you are destined to stop alcohol, then I think you need not worry since these enzymes will... Read Full »
Does isolated rise in GGT indicate liver disease?
Query: Hello doctor, I have an isolated rise in GGT. But I have previous alcohol abuse. In general, how much time it takes for GGT to return normal considering alcohol abstinence. No gall stones or bile obstruction. My results show HBsAg negative, anti Hbs positive, and anti Hbc positive. Any further eval... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your weight seems to be abnormally high, and that why it brings no surprise to me for such presence of fatty liver disease and such elevation of the GGT (gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase). However, an isolated rise in GGT is not suggestive of fatty liver disease, so ... Read Full »
How concerning is increased GGT levels with hepatocellular parenchymal disease?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 47 years old with a history of alcohol abuse. My ALT is 50 and normal AST. Ultrasound reading said Hyperechoic liver may represent fatty infiltration or hepatocellular parenchymal disease. Is this severe? Would fibrosis be noted in the report? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome toicliniq.com. To identify fibrosis you need to get a fibroscan (transient elastography). How are your other blood reports? Are you symptomatic now? Please send across details so that further discussion can be done. Read Full »
Will increased GGT and ALT cause blood in vomit and shortness of breath?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 36-year-old male. I had my checkup and GGT was 51 and ALT was 67 all others were within limits. Now I have a problem of headache, fast heartbeat only when trying to sleep, also feel like my left chest has a lot of gas. Why I am especially worried is I vomited and I highly suspect... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the liver function test (LFT) of your blood, you have a mild increase in GGT (gamma-glutamyl transferase) and ALT (alanine aminotransferase). GGT suggests there is a possibility of mild damage to the liver and biliary system especially due to alcohol. We need to ha... Read Full »