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what does it mean to have elevated levels for SGPT and SGOT tests

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I recently had blood work done at the OB/GYN office and the nurse informed me that my SGPT and SGOT levels were high. They told me to see a family doctor for further tests. What could have caused these elevated levels? How worried should I be?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Doctor replied 9 years ago.
Can you please tell me what wete the actual values.
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
SGPT was 77
SGOT was 196
Expert:  Doctor replied 9 years ago.
SGPT & SGOT are liver function tests.
The normal range for SGPT is 5-35 & SGOT is

There are various causes for elevated SGOT & SGPT
1)Viral hepatitis
2)Alcoholic liver disease
3)Medication overdose such as tylenol
4)Fatty liver - where fat builds up in the liver cells
5)Auto-immune hepatitis - where a person's immune system mistakes the liver for an invader and attacks it
6)Gall stones
7)Inflammation of the liver or gall bladder
8)Hepatic(liver) tumors

You can have the tests repeated in 4-6weeks, if they are trending up you will need further evaluation.

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Should I be worried?
Expert:  Doctor replied 9 years ago.
Mild to moderate elevations of SGOT & SGPT are commonly found in asymptomatic people on routine screening blood work & can be usually twice the upper limits of normal.
the most common cause of elevations in these levels is fatty liver which is common in obese people.

I would recommend not to worry a lot at the moment & repeat the blood work in 3-4weeks.
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