Mar 7, 2002
I gave blood two weeks ago. I just received a letter saying that my alt levels were high. Does this mean that I have hepatitis?
| Response from Dr. Fried
By definition, "hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver which is shown by the presence of elevated ALT or AST. Many things can cause abnormal liver enzymes: viral hepatitis, alcohol, medications, fatty infiltration of the liver, etc. You should take the letter to your primary doctor so he/she can do some simple blood tests and see what, if anything, is going on and whether further evaluation is necessary.
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