Elevated AST, ALT and ALK
Aug 13, 2006
can you please help us, we have been getting my sons labs every 3 months but only because I review his copies of his labs do I find out when things our out of wack. three months ago his Doctor said his liver seemed enlarged now these are his labs from 6/21/06: cd 4 - 353 and 19% VL - 44900 AST/SGOT - 166 ALT/SGPT - 288 ALK Phos - 136 Hep A, B & C all NEG. WBC 4.4 RPR - 1:8 this is what they were 3/29/06 cd 4 - 331 and 21% VL - 49900 AST/SGOT - 70 ALT/SGPT - 125 ALK Phos - 98 Hep A, B & C all NEG. WBC 3.9 RPR -1:32 This was after his third treatment of PCN for positive RPR.
My question since there are no hepatitis and he is not a drinker (one or two beers a month at best)am I unreasonable to ask for a biopsy now? My concern is the damage will prevent him from HIV meds when the time comes to need them. Thanks
Response from Dr. Holodniy
His liver enzyme numbers were already elevated and are now more so. You don't indicate whether he is taking any other meds (including over the counter stuff). Although syphilis can affect the liver, it is unlikely that after penicillin treatment the numbers would be going up. His CD4 count is quite good so opportunistic infections would be unlikely. A liver ultrasound or CT scan might be in order to look for infections, masses, fatty liver or stones that might be causing this. Finally, some folks with HIV infection can have negative HCV antibody tests but have positive HCV viral load tests confirming chronic infection.
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