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  • It depends on which enymes. If they are very high and you have insurance you should go see a heptologist. (Liver doctor)
  • It depends which enzymes and how high they are. Different lab's have different 'normal' values, so what would be considered raised in one lab would be considered 'normal' in another lab. The values different labs use tend to differ by about 10, not hundreds. Raised GGT's would suggest your liver is somewhat damaged, particularly if they are very high. The lab that mine get processed in considers the normal to be less than 35. Alcoholics and people with liver cirrhosis tend to have very high GGT's. Raised bilirubin is quite serious, it really does suggest your liver isn't working properly. In the lab at my hospital, 'normal' bilirubin levels would be around 20, although you wouldn't expect to become jaundiced until your bilirubin levels reached around 40. Bilirubin can also be raised after procedures such as the removal of a gall bladder, probable causes in this case include a small cut somewhere from which bilirubin is 'escaping'. ALT values are considered to be normal at about 30 in the lab at my hospital. Raised ALT's can suggest a number of possible illnesses, such as hepatitis. So, in answer to your question, there isn't really an effect of having raised liver enzymes, it's just that your liver enzymes are indicative of how healthy your liver is. Raised enzymes suggest that you might have an underlying liver disorder, such as hepatitis.

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