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Have hcv virsus since 1970--never no problems-just had blood

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have hcv virsus since 1970--never no problems-just had blood test done and the results are   
ast      201    scale of 0-40
alt        110   scale of 0-55

am not a regular drinker by no means ( had one drink of champane 4 days before blood work) my liver doctor said their was a sgot/sgpt ratio that would suggest if someone had been drinking I do not want him to think I have been doing something that I havent--also my heart doctor took me off of zocor 20mg and I am going to call my family doctor today to see if the xanax er 1mg may be causing this increase also
question is: would my liver doctor think i have been drinking withe the above results and how long should i wait until i have another test done once i stopped the zocor
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Doctor G. replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for question.
We are taught in every step of our medical education that sgot/sgpt ratio > 2:1 indicates alcoholic liver disease. There is a complicated explanation for this. However, this is not ALWAYS the case and cannot be based upon a single test, especially if you have no symptoms. If you had jaundice, maybe a fever and pain and you took the test and the doctor said , well since you have Hep-C and your are taking a medication that can damage the liver, then in order to distinguish where the enzyme bump is coming from, then using the ration can help.
You should wait about 6 weeks and repeat the test.

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