British Liver Trust

Raised level?

Hi, hope u can give me some advice, new here.

Im female, 48, facing a major op. As part of the work up ive been having regular blood gamma level was 64 a year ago and is now at 48. I thought this was ok but doc now sending me for a liver ultrasound. Ive cut down on alcohol over the year and am frustrated that its still high. Do i need to be abstinent? Or can i still enjoy a vino?

Thanks in advance.

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Welcome to the forum.

Unfortunately it is not possible for anyone on the forum to give you an answer regarding your blood results, as each laboratory that analyses results will have a different reference range, and these can vary widely.

It would be advisable to speak to your doctor to find out if your results are within the 'normal' range for the laboratory that processed the results and ask the doctor's advice on the next steps if not.

It would also be a good idea to obtain advice regarding your alcohol intake from your own GP who has access to your health records and knows you best.

Wishing you good luck with your operation,

Warm wishes,



Hi hun, higher GGT levels are not just caused by alcohol, but personally, I'd be buying alcohol free wine to give the liver as much chance to recover as poss.

Are you in the UK? if so your doc is v quick to respond. My hubby's GGT level was much higher and he never went for a scan until 4 weeks before he died. He also didn't have a biopsy to see if all the antibiotics he'd been given when his liver tests went up the swanky had left him susceptible to antibiotics, so he passed away two weeks after his course of antibiotics.

Bless you and good luck x

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