Liver function test is used to check damage to the liver from infections and monitor liver side effects of medicines. This test checks the levels of liver enzymes like alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP). It also checks the levels of albumin and bilirubin.
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Why do I have symptoms like fever, rash, and stomach pain?
Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from jaundice and typhoid. I have vomiting, high fever, rashes, drowsiness, and stomach pain. Whenever I consult the doctor, he gives me medicines. I do not understand, and I am confused whether he gives tablets for jaundice and typhoid or whether he provides tablets for cough, ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, jaundice is a symptom, and typhoid fever is a diagnosis. Jaundice is a state in the human body in which there is an increase in bilirubin (produced in the liver) level causing yellowish discoloration of sclera and skin. I am not sure whether you have typho... Read Full »
Are my lymph nodes swollen due to an allergy to fried foods?
Query: Hi doctor,I am a 35-year-old male. I had a fever of 100.2 degrees Fahrenheit on the eighth of last month, which only lasted for a day. But the fever was followed by a few symptoms. After the fever, my lymph nodes at the back of my ear were swollen. I also had a sore throat and mouth ulcers. My body ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Are you still having enlarged lymph nodes? Are those painful to touch? Is the size still the same as when you observed first? Is there any change? Do you have any throat pain now? Was any throat swab test done? Any blood test? Any difficulty or pain while swall... Read Full »
I got my LFT done, and everything is normal except GGTP and SGPT levels. Kindly advice.
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old male. My weight is 75 kg and height is 5'11". Two years ago, I was a heavy drinker. But, nowadays I only drink beer once a week for about 6 to 7 pints. My SGOT AND SGPT levels were much higher two years ago. I think they were around 150 to 175. I just got my LFT done b... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The liver function test report looks fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Although slightly elevated liver enzymes could mean slight inflammation, this is well within acceptable limits. There are a few precautions you must observe with complete av... Read Full »
My random blood sugar level is high. Do I have diabetes?
Query: Hello doctor,I am 37 years old. My random blood sugar level is 227 today, but I had a sweet tea 15 to 20 minutes before getting the test. Should I test it again? Can I still control my diabetes, or does it have no treatment? Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I went through your post. You have not mentioned whether you are on any treatment for your diabetes. However, I would suggest a few things.Diabetes is a treatable disease, and people lead a normal life despite being diabetic, but they still need treatment. If you are not... Read Full »
I have been diagnosed with fatty liver, steatosis stage 3. How do I deal with it?
Query: Hi doctor,I am diagnosed with a fatty liver, steatosis stage 3 but am a bit puzzled by my latest results. Although my fibro scan results show significant improvement my liver function test AST and ALT have deteriorated. ALP again improved. Can you explain this to me, please? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis of fatty liver, but I am here to help explain your latest results. It is important to understand that liver function tests, such as aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT)... Read Full »
What is the significance of an elevated CA-19 tumor marker?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding the significance of an elevated CA-19 tumor marker. I recently had one and that came back as 43 (per laboratory should have been under 34). I do not have cancer and I am wondering what else could cause this elevation? Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. CA 19-9 (cancer antigen) is a tumor marker, but it can be elevated in healthy individual. It can be elevated in benign conditions like pancreatitis, cirrhosis, thyroid disease and inflammatory bowel disease. It can be elevated in various gastrointesti... Read Full »
Why are my uric acid levels always high?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a bad throat, cold and mild fever. I am taking antibiotic Amoxycillin and Ibugesic plus. Can I get liver function test and kidney function test at this time or should I wait? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is advisable to get the liver and kidney function tests done after a week, as these drugs alter the test results. For further queries consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician Read Full »
Kindly look into my ultrasound and provide a detailed report.
Query: Hello doctor, Please provide a detailed report for my ultrasound. I am attaching the same. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. B mode technique, gray scale sonographic images interpreted along with a few color Doppler images. Excessive bowel gases limit adequate evaluation especially of the retroperitoneum.Liver: The liver is mildly enlarged in size spanning 17.70 cm craniocaudally. It is norm... Read Full »
My partner has been taking Cynasine for the past two days, and his liver function tests show high SGOT and SGPT levels. Is it due to Cynasine?
Query: Hello doctor, My partner is 48 years old, weighs 85 Kg, and is an alcoholic. He has been unwell for the past six months. He is suffering from fatigue and rashes on the face and chest; intermittently, he suffers from muscle pain, shivering, and dark urine. The doctor advised taking liver function tes... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I reviewed your case history and attachments (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) and will get back to you shortly. Thank you. Read Full »
Could cocaine use two days before blood draw cause the LFTs to be elevated?
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 »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »