Does A High Alt Level Always Mean Hepatitis

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AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis: Overview

... What Is Hepatitis? Viral Hepatitis Other Types of Hepatitis Medication Problems Alternative Approaches What Is Hepatitis? Hepatitis means an inflammation, or swelling, of the liver. Viruses can cause hepatitis. Alcohol, drugs (including prescription medications), or poisons can also cause hepatitis. So
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HepatitisAB, free, but high ALT

Dear Drs.:I found this forum very informative, Thanks a lot for your wonderful work!I have a question about my ALT. The normal value should be in the range of 0-40, but mine is 51(All the other liver functions were normal). I was tested for both ...
Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Response from Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Fundacion Gatroenterologia De Diego to the virus. There are many other causes for elevation of ALT not related to the hepatitis viruses as; other viral infections,alcohol ingestion,drugs,medicines,inmmune diseases... Read more »


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?
Michael Fried, M.D.

Response from Michael Fried, M.D.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
...By definition, "hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver which is shown by the presence of elevatedALT or AST. Many things can cause abnormal liver enzymes: viral hepatitis, alcohol, medications, fatty infiltration of the liver, Read more »

RE : High level of SGOT/SGPT

Dear Doctor,My cousin got positive HIV Nov last year. At that time, his CD4+ was below100 and viral load was 3500. He did treatment of HAART (with following meds : Nevirapine & Lamivudine/Zidovudine).He tested viral load and CD4+ in June/2007 and...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...He has had a great response to this regimen. That said, it is likely that the nevirapine is the cause of the elevated GOT and GPT. Those are not horrible results. They are about 2 times the upper limit of normal. In most people these are tolerable Read more »

Hepatitis B

Dear Dr Mcgovern,I am 25, a chronic hepatitis B carrier, I went to the doctor yesterday to see my report,he said my SGPT,SGOT is slightly high, he checked my body immediately and said i am still fine. However I am worried that when use my finger to...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine ask your doctor about your result and what that means for you. You also will need monitoring every three to six months for ALT and your HBV DNA level should also be checked. Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis C Laboratory Tests

...liver health. Sometimes the ALT test is used to see if treatment is improving liver function. This test used to be called serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase or SGPT. AST (aspartate aminotransferase) . It is usually used with the ALT test... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Chemistry Panel identify specific health problems. Laboratory tests include: ALT (alanine aminotransferase), formerly called serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase or SGPT);used with the AST test to detect liver disease. AST (aspartate... Read more »
Treatment Action Group

Guide to Hepatitis C for People Living With HIV

...monitored regularly during HIV treatment and in persons with hepatitis C. ALT: alanine transaminase, also called serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase, or SGPT; a key liver enzyme produced in liver cells. ALT should be monitored regularly... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prevention and Control of Infections With Hepatitis Viruses in Correctional Settings

...evaluation for the presence and severity of chronic liver disease. Antiviral therapy is recommended for persons with persistently elevatedALT levels, detectable HCV RNA, and a liver biopsy that indicates either portal or bridging fibrosis or... Read more »
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