ALT level prognostic of immune response?
Feb 27, 2002
Dr. Dieterich, In cases of viral hepatitis, do lower ALT's and AST's indicate a poorer immune response to the infection? Thanks for all your good help to us.
Response from Dr. Dieterich
Yes that is generally true, but there are a lot of exceptions to that rule. Unfortunately, liver disease can progress to cirrhosis without ever revealing itself in an elevated ALT. However inflammation on the biopsy is in a broad way related to AST and ALT. DTD
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