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I am a 46 year old librarian. I was diagnosed with cirrhosis

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Hi, I'm Tandy,
I am a 46 year old librarian. I was diagnosed with cirrhosis Oct 23, 2013. I had a liver biopsy and a bone marrow transplant and the liver panel to prove the diagnosis! I was on a reduced work schedule (20 hours a week) and my employer knew I was ill. September 4, 2014, I was accused of being intoxicated at work and my Breathalyzer showed a score of .283 and .284! I was not intoxicated, and hadn't anything to drink for 6 months (I tried to drink a beer).
I was fired based upon the breathalyzer score. My urine was negative for drugs and my behavior was not impaired. That abnormally high score is just shy of a coma.
One more thing - in final preparations for a liver transplant I had a blood test for Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, which is a genetic disorder that causes COPD and cirrhosis. Had this test been performed earlier, it would have made a big difference in my treatment.
My question is, "do you know any reason why my breathalyzer score could have been
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
This is Dr. David
there is a rare Yeast auto brewery defense
where rare yeast fungal infections in the body and gut can cause blood alcohol levels to rise
it is also called gut fermentation syndrome
you can read more here
let me know if you have questions.