Elevated Liver Panel No Hepatitis

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Caring for Your Liver if You Have HIV/AIDS

...are frequently no obvious signs of liver damage until it reaches a late stage. That is why it is important to have blood tests that can detect liver problems earlier on. Tests for Liver Damage Simple blood tests called liver function tests (LFTs) are one of the best ways to find out if you have liver damage. LFTs should be part of routine HIV blood work. The most common LFTs are: ALT or SGPT (alanine aminotransferase): liver enzyme ...
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Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...What happened to you in 2/09 was an elevation of liver function tests. I would ask your doctor about your hepatitis C and your hepatitis B status to know if this rise of blood tests could have been Read more »

Elevated liver enzymes, sustiva or hepatitis C?

Dear Doctor, after being on sustiva/truvada for almost three months my HIV viral load is undetectable and CD4 increased from 329 to 440. This looks good but my concern is elevated liver enzymes ALT 124 and AST 160. My doctor ordered hepatitis...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...good result from your therapy in terms of CD4 count improvement and viral suppression. I agree with your concerns about your liver function tests. However, I do think it is okay to continue for now as long as you have no symptoms of right upper... Read more »

Hepatitis A (Reactive)

Hello,I recently had some bloodwork done due to elevated liver panel numbers. The tests included a Hepatitis panel. The results showed Hepatitis A Total AB - Reactive (Abn:A) "Normal Range" = N/R, "Status" = Final. What does this mean?Thank YouJim
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...immunization.Hepatitis A does not cause chronic disease so that is the good news. I would not expect prior hepatitis A to account for abnormal liver tests unless this infection just occurred. Dr. McGovern Read more »

High liver function tests & recreational drugs

Is it possible for liver function tests (alt & ast) to be high due to a couple of occasions when I used receational drugs? If so, how long would the high levels persist and how long might it take for them to get back to normal?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Hi and thanks for your post.It is entirely possible that elevations in liver function tests could be from recreational drug use-- ranging from alcohol use, Tylenol or even viral infection (?hepatitis).It's frankly impossible Read more »
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Hepatitis: Overview

...AST, and ALT (or SGOT and SGPT). High blood levels can be a sign of hepatitis. See Fact Sheet 122 for more information on liver function tests. Blood tests also look for the viruses that can cause hepatitis. Testing for hepatitis is recommended... Read more »
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Chemistry Panel

... Chemistry (Chem) Screen The Electrolytes Kidney Function Tests Liver Function Tests Other Blood Chemistry Tests For More Information Chemistry (Chem) Screen A large part of your laboratory report Read more »
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...however, that a small number of people can have a severe rash when starting it, and a small number have been reported to have liver function test changes, making it important to monitor this drug soon after starting it. In all, Prezista has... Read more »
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Hepatitis C Laboratory Tests

... Liver Function Tests Viral Load Tests HCV Genotype Tests IL28B Genetic Test Blood Clotting Tests Several laboratory (blood) tests Read more »