Liver Function Test

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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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 »


Dr. Kapil Gupta

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

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 »

Should I be concerned about my anion gap?

Query: Hello doctor, I need help deciphering my laboratory results. I had bloodwork to check liver function test since I am on 750 mg of Oxycarbazepine a day. A few results were either high or low, and I am paranoid that something is wrong.  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Any investigations need to be correlated with clinical symptoms. So, in general, your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) have nothing alarming. Low creatinine, disturbed anion gap, and chloride can be a result of some dehydration or overhydration. ...  Read Full »

Are my symptoms and elevated liver enzymes due to liver cirrhosis?

Query: I am a 26 year old male weighing 184 5'7. I have been experiencing weird symptoms over past 3 months. I should mention I am a recovering binge eating addict. I used to eat fast food 2-3 times a day usually meal size after work. Lately I have been eating healthier but have been experiencing weird sym...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello. I welcome you to icliniq. Your concerns are quite reasonable but let me tell you some of the facts about this. Your weight is slightly to the higher side. Your BODY Mass Index BMI is 27.2. Ideally it should be less than 25. The BMI is the proportionate of your weight given to your height. So ...  Read Full »

Does my LFT report reveal that I suffer from jaundice?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a fatty liver as per my USG. I am non-addicted. Today, I have my LFT, hepatitis B, and C tests are done. I am very much worried after seeing my LFT report. Is it serious? Am I suffering from jaundice? I am currently on Livoriv B.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is grade I fatty liver disease, and in the scenario of a non-alcoholic behavior (as you described), this seems to be non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Yes, you have high liver en...  Read Full »

Are my liver enzymes elevated in my liver function test reports?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a liver function test and the results showing as AST-99, ALT 178, and GGT 84. How serious are these?  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, the seriousness of this depends upon what causing this nearly double rise in ALT (Alanine transaminase) and AST (Aspartate transaminase) levels. But generally speaking, they are not that much worse. The values above five times the normal are usually severe. You...  Read Full »

My father's blood test showed increased sugar level and liver parameters. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My father is diabetic and was taking Glycomet 500 mg once daily. 20 days ago, His blood test showed increased sugar level and liver parameters. He was then advised to take the medicine twice daily. LFT and blood sugar tests were repeated before three days. There is not much change in sug...  Read Full »


Dr. Swaraj S W

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. His sugar levels are fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is no need to worry as his average sugar control for the three months has been normal. For his age of 83, HbA1c of 7.2 is perfect. There is no need to worry with respect to his diabetes. Wit...  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 »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

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 »

Are my symptoms due to PCOS?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34 year old white female. My height is 5'4" and weight is 165 lbs. I am a healthy athlete (crossfit athlete and a former state champion). I had a very high stress as entrepreneur for more than 5 years. My initial complaints were low energy, depression, fatigue, irregular, heavy per...  Read Full »


Dr. Bindiya Thakkar

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is probably PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) as you mentioned. Your history is consistent with it. I need the actual report of testosterone to know the method used for analysis and whether it was total or bioavailable testosterone. I noticed the liver function test...  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 »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

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 cocain...  Read Full »

How to bring down the levels of liver enzymes?

Query: Hi doctor,I have undergone routine CBC, LFT and pancreatic test. In the report, I can see some enzymes are high. I do not have any fever or other symptoms. I often smoke and drink. I have started Alpha-Liv syrup. How can I bring the higher level to normal? Should I take any medicine?  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com We are here to help you. You do not need any medicines for these raise in enzyme levels. I would recommend you strongly to stop alcohol consumption and within a month, your enzymes would return to normal levels. For further information consult a medical gastroenterologist...  Read Full »

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