Elevated AST and ALT

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   Posted 12/19/2007 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
Was at my PCP today and I got a copy of my latest labs.  Both my AST and ALT levels were high.  The normal range for AST is 10-40 U/L and mine was 42.  Normal for ALT is 5-42 and mine was 51.  These are both liver markers of some sort.  The Doctor didn't seem overly concerned and maybe I overreacting but I am worried.  Has anyone had any of these tests come back abnormal.  Any advice would be appreciated.
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   Posted 12/19/2007 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   

These are liver function tests, there is a site, Medicine plus that discribes medical tests.  It gives all kinds of info including why tests are done what normal values are and what elevated results might indicate.  (Of cource does not replace info from your own doctor).

The tests you indicated can be elevated for lots of reasons including age gender and taking liver toxic drugs (which probaly every one on this site is doing).  If your doctor isn't worried I wouldn't either.  The test should probably be repeated at six months or a year and a change in values might worry me.

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