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What causes very high alanine aminotransferase levels?

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Very high alanine aminotransferase levels can be caused by:

  • Acute viral hepatitis
  • An overdose of drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Liver cancer

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "ALT."

Mayo Clinic: "Liver Disease: Definition." "Liver function tests."

Medscape: "Alanine Aminotransferase."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What To Expect With Blood Tests."

Nemours Foundation: "Blood Test: Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT, or SGPT)."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "ALT."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2019

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "ALT."

Mayo Clinic: "Liver Disease: Definition." "Liver function tests."

Medscape: "Alanine Aminotransferase."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What To Expect With Blood Tests."

Nemours Foundation: "Blood Test: Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT, or SGPT)."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "ALT."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2019

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