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Serum Alanine Aminotransfermase (ALT) high - blood test

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Hi everyone, I've recently got more details on my first blood test for celiac and my ALT levels were slightly higher than the normal threshold, 25 vs between 8-22. I've just had my second blood test and am waiting on the results but along with all the other usual celiac symptoms I've been having is this a good sign that I do indeed have celiac disease? 

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I was diagnosed 4 weeks ago by endoscopy and then had the blood test. Strong positive for celiacs iron deficency and very slightly raised AST liver enzyme. My doctor said that the AST ties in with celiacs and is quite common with recently diagnosed celiacs. He said it was of no consequence. What did your doctor say about your ALT

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1 hour ago, DaveCH said:

I was diagnosed 4 weeks ago by endoscopy and then had the blood test. Strong positive for celiacs iron deficency and very slightly raised AST liver enzyme. My doctor said that the AST ties in with celiacs and is quite common with recently diagnosed celiacs. He said it was of no consequence. What did your doctor say about your ALT

Yes, celiac disease can mess with your liver.  You should see improvement on the gluten free diet.  I did not have a liver issue, but had anemia which resolved in just a few months.  It took me over a year to really feel good though.  I had lots of symptoms beyond my GI system that were actually attributed to celiac disease.

Get your liver retested....bet your doctor will remind you!  

Consider reading the Newbie 101 thread located at the top of the Coping section.  It contains some good tips.  Avoid eating out until you are better.  Try to avoid processed foods. This might speed up healing.  

Take care and welcome to the forum.  

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4 hours ago, Joff said:

Hi everyone, I've recently got more details on my first blood test for celiac and my ALT levels were slightly higher than the normal threshold, 25 vs between 8-22. I've just had my second blood test and am waiting on the results but along with all the other usual celiac symptoms I've been having is this a good sign that I do indeed have celiac disease? 

Hard to say, everyone is so different.  There is over 200 symptoms attributed to celiac disease.  Not everyone gets the same ones.  Your liver issues could be celiac related or not.  

Having your liver improve could be a sign that your celiac disease is improving.  I took my increasing ferritin levels and hemoglobin as a good sign that the diet was working.  I never had any liver issues but I suspect celiac disease damaged my gallbladder.  

You should have your celiac antibodies rechecked every so often.  Read here about the timing:

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/faq/how-often-should-follow-up-testing-occur/

 

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