1. What conditions other than liver problems can cause increased AST?
Conditions that affect other organs, such as the heart and skeletal muscle, can cause elevations of AST. Mild to moderate increases may be seen with vigorous exercise and muscle injury or in conditions such as acute pancreatitis and heart attacks.
2. What other tests may be used to help determine the cause of liver damage?
After a thorough physical exam and evaluation of a person's medical history, there are several other tests that may be performed as follow up depending on what is suspected to be the cause of liver damage. Some of these include:
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