Re: Elevated ALT
- Hi Everyone,
Just an update on Jack. I decided to wait on abdominal ultrasound and instead recheck ALT levels first, since 5 weeks had already passed since last blood work. Trying to avoid stress of traveling and ultrasound if not needed....
We did blood work yesterday, and vet just called to let me know that his ALT continues to drop and is now at 156. so it has gone from 243 to 203 to 156! Still a bit high, but vet says to wait on ultrasound now....
Only weird value is that his triglycerides were high at 595 (no fasting) at last blood work 5 weeks ago, and yesterday with 10 hour fast have increased to 795!!
So, she is checking with cardiologist to see what to do if anything. Might put him on liver supplement too for a while, either marin or demarin, she is checking on that also. I was reading that high triglycerides can be caused by a number of things. 2 of which are things that have to do with pancreas, another can be diabetes, but the rest of his blood work seems normal I believe.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "s.theye" <veery@...> wrote:
> I was hoping to get some opinions. Have any of your heart kitties had elevated liver enzymes show up during routine blood work?
> At my HCM kitty Jack's yearly echo this past June, they did blood work, and his ALT was 240. I think the normal upper range is 100. We repeated blood work at his regular vet's 3 weeks later and it had dropped to @ 200 I think, but still above upper normal.
> Jack's vet would like him to have an abdominal ultrasound, which I worry about mainly because of the stress factor. She said it could be nothing or it could be something, so I am not sure whether to put him through the stress of a possible unnecessary procedure, or just wait and see if it goes back to normal in a few months.
> Anyone have any experience with this? Jack hates car rides and I think with abdominal ultrasound he would have to be on his back....