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Removal of Gallbladder and Still Have Elevated Liver Enzymes
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Removal of Gallbladder and Still Have Elevated Liver Enzymes


  I had my gallbladder removed four months ago due to gallstones, and have recently had my liver enzymes re-checked.  My enzymes are higher now than before the surgery. (ALP 188, AST 64, GGT 90, ALT 112).  I have been tested for Hep C and the result was negative.  I am a non-drinker, not overweight (although I have just lost 60 lbs in the past six months after having a baby) and my cholesterol and sugar tests were normal.  The only medication I am on is the birth control pill.  I was also on Tylenol Extra Strength for about 2 weeks following nasal surgery I had in the hospital.  (The Tylenol was taken about 6 weeks before my liver tests.)  I also had a week course of Acyclovir to treat the chickenpox abour three weeks prior to liver enzyme testing.  My question is three-fold: How long after having a gallbladder removed before your enzymes should be back to normal? Can the birth control pill be causing my problems? ( I just started taking it about a month prior to gallbladder surgery) and How long does it take for the other medications I mentioned above to get out of my system?  
  Any information you could provide would be useful.
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Dear Lisa,
reading your posting, you suggest that the gall bladder problem and/or the surgery is the cause for your elevated liver tests.  I am not certain that this assumption is correct.
Biliary colic should not produce these elevations and neither should the surgery unless there has been injury to the bile duct.  It is possible that the hormones of the birth control pill have altered your metabolism so that you now have fatty liver.
The other medicationa should be out of your system.
This information is presented for educational purposes.  Ask specific questions to your personal physician.
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