Liver Tests

Liver tests are done to assess the state of a person's liver. The tests done are prothrombin time, aPTT, albumin, bilirubin, and liver biomarkers like SGOT and SGPT. Any abnormalities in these test value indicate liver disease.

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What is the treatment for HbsAg carrier?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an HBsAg carrier, and I want to travel abroad for a job. I came to know about my status during a medical checkup, and after that, I got my complete blood test done. I am scared after reading about it on the internet. I have attached my test reports for your better understanding. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your query. I have seen your report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are HBsAg (hepatitis B surface antigen) positive, but your liver function tests are normal, which is a good thing. It would take 6 to 8 weeks for the viral serology to im...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to get an MRI for checking liver lesions in a patient with amyopathic dermatomyositis?

Query: Hi doctor, I was just diagnosed with amyopathic dermatomyositis, and I have been put through a lot of cancer screenings as this does not run in my family. All tests are normal, except regular ultrasound of the abdomen showed two non-specific liver lesions up to 3.2 cm. The previous CT scan of the a...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Usually, non-specific liver lesions are mentioned as hemangiomas. CT scan without contrast would not pick them that easily, they may have been present then. Even if hemangiomas were not there, they may have developed over time and are benign. Having said that, it is ...  Read Full »

My husband got hepatitis B. How to treat him?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband was diagnosed with hepatitis B. What will I do now?  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. When someone has hepatitis B, first we need to know about the status of liver and then we can plan for the treatment. Do anti-HBc IgM, HBeAg, Anti-HBe, HBV DANA quantification, LFT (liver function test), CBC (complete blood count) and AFP (alpha-fetoprotein), ultrasound ...  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

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 »

What are the horizontal lines on my finger tip?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to know what the horizontal lines on my fingertips are. They appeared within a couple months, along with more lines on my hands than ever before.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen images attached here (attachment rremoved to protect patient identity). It does not signify towards any health issue. It seems to be normal flexor creases. Finasteride drug that you were taking can lead to hand swelling, headache, weakness, nausea, etc., a...  Read Full »

What causes a rise in liver enzymes?

Query: Hello doctor, Today I took blood test and found out that triglycerides, aspartate transaminase and alanine aminotransferase are high. One week back, I had taken Liv.52 DS, triphala and bael. Shall I continue them? Or should take any other medicine? I have attached my medical reports. Kindly check th...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your reports (attachments removed to protect patient identity), your triglyceride levels are absolutely normal. Yes, your liver enzymes are raised which requires evaluation of the cause. Most common causes of such liver derangements are alcohol, ...  Read Full »

Why am I having an increase in alkaline phosphatase level?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 36 years old, male, 6'1", 265 lbs. I have a question about total bilirubin. I had it checked four weeks ago and it was at .41 mg/dl and one month later it jumped to .82 mg/dl. My alkaline phosphatase is at 1.173 ukat/l and four weeks ago was at 1.003 ukat/l. The doctor was not conc...  Read Full »


Dr. Bindiya Thakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since this question was posted under diabetology, I am wondering if you have any endocrine issues. The question asked here is about gastroenterology. The liver tests would be concerning for a liver process like gallstone if the enzymes were not coming back down or if...  Read Full »

How do I confirm jaundice?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37 year old male. I did my medical test two days before. My liver function test reports are not good. Do I have jaundice? But I do not feel any symptoms. Do I need any further tests?  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, you do have jaundice. But the level of jaundice is mild. It can occur due to any viral infection. There are two options:- Wait for 6 weeks and repeat LFT or straight away get further testi...  Read Full »

I am not an alcoholic, but my liver is fatty. Is it NAFLD?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 39 year old male. My height is 5'2"and weight is 62 kg. Today through USG I came to know that my liver is fatty (grade 1 diffuse fatty liver). I am very much worried and I do not drink alcohol. I have been taking Omega-3, protein powder and multivitamin supplements for the last one...  Read Full »


Dr. Bhavin Bhupendra Vasavada

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. But, you need to be worked up. Get liver function tests, HBsAg (hepatitis B surface antigen) and HCV (hepatitis C virus) antibody test done. If all the above tests come normal, then nothing to worry, but do not ignore it. Do ...  Read Full »

Do I need to take medicines for elevated bilirubin?

Query: Hi doctor, My bilirubin levels are high. I just took an opinion from my general physician and he asked me to contact a gastroenterologist to know the exact reason for high bilirubin. Can you suggest any other tests or medication for this? I have also attached my laboratory reports for your reference...  Read Full »


Dr. Happykumar Kagathara

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have elevated unconjugated bilirubin and elevated total bilirubin (attachment removed to protect patient identity). But, your liver enzymes AST (aspartate transaminase) and ALT (alanine transaminase) are within normal limit. Bilirubin level increases due to many reaso...  Read Full »

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