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"Alkiline phosphate" & "Gamma GT" results
Oct 6, 2003

Thankyou for supporting people with HIV/AIDS. I have a long history of over 10 years. I have never understood the complex results I obtain excluding ome knowledge of CD4/CD8 & the importance of their ratio's.

My question is in relation to a my last test results in which the 'biochem 1' showed (elvated) above normal 'Alckiline phosphate' ("alkph") & 'Gamma GT" ("ggt"). My physical examination with my doctor at the time of taking bloods he suspected suspected an "inflamed liver". My results showed elevated 'alkph' (191) & 'ggt' (51).

He told me it could be due to 1) gall stones/kidney stones ? & 2) one or more of my medications could be a further possibility.

I offered an alternative explanation for the results by disclosing that I have been a long term (heavy) 'dope' smoker & recently have been somking "pre-flushed" canabis leaf.

I know that the use of alcholine & phosphious chemicals are used for growing and perhaps the smoking of this 'imature early 'vegetative groth'("leaf") is another possibe explanation of my results.

I would like to ask you are these results 'significant' enought to be worry about some thing.

Could you explain to me the biochemical 'Alckiline phosphate' ("alkph") & 'Gamma GT" ("ggt") results & probability of my explanationn of the above results.

I am not experiencing any symptoms of having 'gall stones', or 'kidney stones' nor 'weight loss' or any sings of any illnes at all. My viral load has remained undetectable and my CD4 & CD8 continue to rise steadily. My doctor set a 8 week limit before a blood retest should be given - However, I contiue to smoke the 'imature' cannabis leaf.

Should I be overly-concerned about these results ?

What, if any would be the consequennces (long & short)term if these results continue at elevated levles.

Regards Mark

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Those numbers, although elevated, are not terribly high. You also don't indicate if other liver enzymes are also elevated. That would indicate more broader evidence of liver inflammation. I am not sure I would be too concerned if those are the only elevated numbers.



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