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My liver enzyme (ALT - 75) is still elevated after 9 months of gallstone surgery. How long does it take to be normal ? Is it common after gallstone surgery ?

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replied March 21st, 2010
Liver Disorders, Hepatitis A,B,C Answer A10800
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you. You seem concerned by the elevated liver enzymes even 9 months after gallstone surgery.
Elevated liver enzymes indicate inflammation or damage to cells in the liver. Inflamed or injured liver cells may leak higher than normal amounts of certain chemicals, including liver enzymes, into the bloodstream, resulting in elevated liver enzymes on blood tests. Elevated liver enzymes should not occur after surgery if there has not been any bile duct injury. Other causes of elevated liver enzymes should be considered such as fatty liver, over dosage of drugs metabolized in liver like acetaminophen, obesity, hepatitis (autoimmune or viral) .Mild elevation of liver enzymes may be nonspecific as well. You should consult your personal physician for thorough assessment of your case to ascertain the cause of elevated liver enzymes.
Hope this helps. Take care.
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