Ggtp anomaly

Dear all, I hope someone can shed some light on this for me. I would class myself as a moderate drinker, but my work(sales) often requires me to entertain clients, so I have a couple of drinks most evenings. Obviously, as I'm working, I don't get drunk! Weekends, maybe five pints, and sometimes a bottle of wine with Sunday dinner. In my students days I put away considerably more than that, but those days are long ago - I'm in my mid 40's.

My new job offers an annual health screening, so I took the opportunity with both hands and didn't drink at all for a month beforehand.

I was expecting a clean bill of health, but I was startled to find my ggtp was 110. ALT and AST were both well within the guidelines (35 and 20 respectively), but I'm still surprised to see elevated ggtp levels.

Can anyone shed some light on these numbers? What could they mean? Am I in trouble? I thought ggtp indicated immediate damage, so I don't understand why it would be elevated after a month without a drop of alcohol.

Many thanks in advance for your advice.

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  • hi, same thing happened to me last september-you may want to check that post I placed back in march this year-GGT can remain raised for a long time before you see any symptoms. It's generally a sign of alcohol related liver damage-110 isn't that high-Mine was at 215 at a certain point. Basically I was on the waggon for more than 3 months before any improvement. Raised ggt could also be related to bile duct obstuction or gall stones issues

  • Hi Briccolone - thanks for your reply. Could it be alcohol related damage even with ALT: 35 and AST: 20? I feel fine, but I know liver problems are usually asymptomatic.

  • ALL MY LIVER TESTS WERE FINE OTHER THAN GGT RAISED-35 YEARS OF TOO MUCH RED WINE-IT CAN BE REVERSED WITH MODERATE DRINKING AND A PERIOD OF ABSTINENCE-i ALSO TRIED 5:2 DIET WHICH WORKS A TREAT!

  • I cannot supply any definate information except high reading is indicative of possible liver disorder. However I am scheduled to see my consultant in 2weeks time. I will ask him about ggtp and especially linked to effect of alcohol. I will contact you further when I have some information. In the meantime I would search eg,google or try to discuss the matter with someone from a liver transplant team at the centre nearest to you, my centre is based in st.james hospital in leeds.

  • This is the link which may be helpful

    /healthunlocked.com/britishlivertrust/posts/915469/high-ggt-but-ultrasound-clear/responses

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