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Old 02-11-2009, 08:20 AM   #1
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What does a low ALT level mean?

My daughter has Graves disease. Her blood tests last week indicated a low ALT level. What does that mean? I just know it has something to do with enzymes in the blood.

 
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Re: What does a low ALT level mean?

Low ALT is normal.

ALT and AST are liver enzyme tests, usually done together. High levels mean the liver is irritated by something, that "something" could be temporary (like taking too much Tylenol) or something longterm and more serious like liver disease.

Elevated levels usually warrant a second round of ALT/AST blood tests taken a month or more after the first to see if the levels return to normal on their own.

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