Treatment Name: Diagnostic Tests: Alanine Transaminase (ALT) Test

Treatment Type: Diagnostic Procedures

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Some prognostic value, not much of a diagnostic

Vuk Ignjic DVM



Posted May. 1, 2018

ALT is usually elevated in cases of HCC, but it's not indicative of it since it's elevated in almost every type of liver disease, and indicates that there is increased damage of liver cells.
One research suggested that AST:ALT ratio <1 is indicative of hepatic or bile duct carcinoma, while higher were more likely with other kinds of tumors, but more research is required in order to take this as a strong diagnostic parameter.
ALT levels and AST:ALT ratio also have some prognostic value, along with tumor location, AP:AST ratio and histological characteristics of the tumor.

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