|Liver Biopsy More Questions
Feb 6, 2002
A liver biopsy is indicated in many circumstances when liver enzymes remain chronically abnormal" you wrote in a previous response titled "Liver Biopsy". My qn. is do you feel 72 ALT is significantly abnormal? My confusion is greater as some labs have reference range for ALT of 0-40 while most I have had have reference range of 0-60. Which reference range do you consider more accurate of what normal should be?
| Response from Dr. Fried
That's correct, the range of normal can vary and individual results are judged against the normal values. But if the ALT remains chronically elevated, above the normal range for your lab, it is likely there is something irritating the liver. In addition to many blood tests to exclude viral hepatitis and hereditary disorders of the liver, your doctor may want to perform a liver biopsy. Not everyone needs a liver biopsy for the evaluation, however, and decisions about biopsy must be individualized according to the clinical picture.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Does HIV Cause Itchy Skin?
- Risks Of Contracting HIV From Picking Your Nose
- Ache In Testicles After Anal Sex With Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Black Spots After Licking Vagina Worried I Have HIV
- Burning Penis After Unprotected Anal Sex Without Ejaculation Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Flu Symptoms After Fingering Worried I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.