Reason for Lab Value???

  1. I just had a physical done with my primary doc; I work with him at the hospital; he is excellent and sees a lot of our staff. I had all my routine labs drawn; everything was perfect except my ALT was mildly elevated, just a couple points. I asked the doc if there was any significance, he said no. My AST was WNL, as was everything else. He ordered no further follow-ups and told me I was in perfect health. My question: what would cause my ALT to be "mildly" elevated, but with all other labs WNL. I looked at labs from last year, ALT was normal. Is this something I should be concerned with? Do you think that the doc was right in not ordering other follow-ups? Just curious and concerned...
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  3. by   Hoozdo
    Reasons for small elevations - alcohol the night before labs, tylenol or any other OTC pain relief meds the day before labs. I would not be too concerned - it is was a serious liver problem you would also see the AST elevated. If it is a MAJOR liver problem you would see low albumin, elevated bilirubin, prolonged INR. Personally, I wouldn't worry to much - but if you want more tests you could check for HBV and HCV.
    Take care
  4. by   ERNurse03
    How high is it? My son's ALT got up to 101. When they finally figured out what was wrong it was a recent Epstein Barr Virus. I wish I would have known he had mono while he was playing one ever tested him for that, but apparently it makes the ALT elevated in some people.
  5. by   sharona97
    When they finally figured out what was wrong with him...........I Need to Vent This! Think outside the box Doc!

    Whew I feel better now. I hope your son is too!!