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Question: Increased numbers on liver function test


 blackcat - Mon Aug 01, 2005 4:31 pm

Can increased use of ibuprofren or occasionally drinking a few beeres cause numbers on a liver function test to be elevated?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sat Aug 05, 2006 4:53 pm

User avatar Dear blackcat,

Mild elevations of the liver enzymes are usually discovered during routine blood tests in healthy individuals.


ALT and AST levels are usually in the range of twice the upper limits of normal. The commonest cause is fatty liver

Elevated liver enzymes can be due to many causes like:
- Medications phenobarbital, anti-convulsants, phenytoin, acetaminophen, vitamin A, cholesterol-lowering medications, and some antibiotics.
- Drinking too much alcohol.
-Ibuprofen may rarely cause severe liver disease. If you have elevated liver enzymes, I advise you to be careful while taking any NSAID.

Higher-than-normal levels of these liver enzymes does not indicate liver problem in all cases.

The interpretation of elevated AST and or ALT levels should be integrated with the clinical picture to evaluate liver diseases.

Isolated mild elevation of liver enzymes is considered abnormality and significant if it continues for six months.

Follow up with your doctor is essential. You better repeat your tests in a 6 month time for follow up.
Hope you find this information useful.

Best regards,

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