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Liver Blood Tests (cont.)

Diseases That Cause Abnormal Aminotransferase Levels

The most common diseases causing abnormally elevated ALT and AST are:

  • Acute viral hepatitis, such as hepatitis A or B
  • Chronic viral hepatitis, such hepatitis B or C
  • Cirrhosis of the liver (scarring of the liver due to long standing inflammation of the liver)
  • Liver damage from alcohol abuse or alcoholic fatty liver
  • Hemochromatosis (a genetic condition causing long standing liver damage due to iron build up in the liver)
  • Diminished blood flow to the liver (from shock or heart failure)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/6/2014

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