AST/ALT increased

Etiology

  • Acute viral hepatitis (ALT > AST)
  • Toxic hepatitis, eg, acetaminophen
  • Alcoholic hepatitis (AST < ALT)
  • Cirrhosis (AST > ALT)
  • Vascular: right-sided congestive heart failure, shock liver, Budd-Chiari syndrome
  • Biliary tract obstruction (followed by increased alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin)
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (formerly NASH)
  • Metabolic, eg, hemochromatosis, Wilson’s disease
  • Liver abscess
  • Hepatocellular or metastatic cancer
  • Drugs, eg, INH, statins
  • Heart or skeletal muscle injury
  • Celiac sprue (ALT)
AST/ALT > 500-1000
  • Acetaminophen, Amanita mushroom, other toxins
  • Viral, especially hepatitis A
  • Shock liver (ischemia)
  • Budd-Chiari syndrome
  • Right-sided heart failure

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Last updated: December 1, 2014