What Does A High ALT (GPT) Reading Mean?


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Connor Sephton answered
A high ALT (GPT) reading will mean that there is a lot of damage to your liver. This could be the result of many things, such as drinking too much alcohol, history of liver damage within the family, drug taking or exposure to certain diseases and viruses. ALT tests are used to see if there is any injury to the liver if there are signs of classic symptoms within the patient’s urine and to their physical appearance such as weight gain and swelling.

After having the tests done, there should be some level of concern if the reading is high. The liver could be extremely damaged and therefore prone to diseases that could be life threatening. If you are doing something that could be causing the disease, such as drinking and taking illegal drugs, then stopping before it is too late and receiving treatment will ensure that your life will not be in danger.

However, if you are fit and healthy with a high ALT (GPT) reading, you should go through your family history of illness and disease to see if there is any possibility that it has been somewhat genetic from previous generations. If this is the case you will need to have treatment to stop or help prevent the disease harming you any further. It is more difficult this way as there is no direct cause for it to happen; if someone drinks too much then stopping the drink and having treatment will allow the liver to mend itself quicker if there is not too much damage.

Considering rehabilitation treatment if long-term alcohol consumption means that you are at risk of diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver can be essential. These residential treatments can allow you to reclaim the life skills and the confidence needed to live a sober and healthy life.
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The ALT test detects liver injury.

A physician usually orders an ALT test (and several others) to evaluate a patient who has symptoms of a liver disorder. Some of these symptoms include jaundice, dark urine, nausea, vomiting, abdominal swelling, unusual weight gain, and abdominal pain. ALT can also be ordered, either by itself or with other tests, for: 

  • persons who have a history of known or possible exposure to hepatitis virus 
  • those who drink too much alcohol, 
  • individuals whose families have a history o fliver illness, or 
  • persons who take drugs that might occasionally damage the liver.
In persons with mild symptoms, such as fatigue or loss of energy, ALT may be tested to make sure they do not have chronic liver disease. ALT is often used to monitor the treatment of persons who have liver disease, to see if the treatment is working, and may be ordered either by itself or along with other tests.

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Anonymous commented
U say taken drugs...wot kind of drugs u talking,,,general meds from doc or drugs as in weed???

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