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My Blood Test For Liver Says ASL And ACL Are High, Does This Mean I Have Liver Disease? I Have Symptom Of Cirrhosis

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Just to clarify the acronyms by ASL do you mean argininosuccinate lyase? As for ACL, my medical dictionary comes back with ATP citrate lyase amongst other things (I’m guessing it’s not Anterior cruciate ligament!).
If this is correct then my reply is that higher than normal levels of ASL, ACL, AST (aspartate transaminase) or ALT (alanine transaminase) does not necessarily mean you have liver disease but could be an indication that you might have liver disease. This is corroborated by you suffering from symptoms common to cirrhosis. Or it may be entirely unrelated as higher levels of these in the blood could be the result of muscle damage.
Remember that mild to moderate elevations of the liver enzymes are commonplace. It is not uncommon for high levels to be unexpectedly encountered on routine blood screening tests in otherwise healthy individuals.
A very common cause of mild to moderate elevations in these blood tests is a condition simply called fatty liver, even by doctors. And In the United States, the most frequent cause of fatty liver is alcohol. Other causes of fatty liver include diabetes mellitus and obesity. Chronic hepatitis C is also becoming an important cause of mild to moderate liver enzyme elevations.
It’s always a good idea to reassess your diet constantly, making sure you eat the right things can help prevent many diseases and afflictions. This of course may have no immediate impact on your blood tests but it won’t do any harm either.
But to conclude, basically if you have any fears over health, log-off, jump in the car and go speak to you doctor face-to-face, if it’s nothing then it’s a weight of your mind, if it is something you can start a course of action to help fight the potential liver disease.
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Please ask for a complete liver profile function test. One of the areas that is tested is called ANA. This will tell you if you have one of  the liver diseases. There are quite a few, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, Autoimmune hepatitis that may be treated. These diseases are slow in progression but you have to be tested to see if you have them first. Hope this helps.

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