1. Can my GGT level be elevated if I don't have any symptoms?
Yes, GGT is very sensitive and can be increased when you don't have symptoms. This elevation may be temporary, perhaps due to medications that you are taking or alcohol ingested within 24 hours of the test. If other liver enzymes are normal, your health practitioner may just wait and then repeat the GGT test. If the GGT is very high and/or your other liver enzymes are elevated, it may be necessary to have more extensive testing to identify the cause.
2. I am an alcoholic, but I have quit drinking. Will my GGT ever go back to normal?
Over time, your GGT level will fall from whatever level it was at when you stopped drinking alcohol to within the normal range. This can take several weeks to more than a month. Abstaining from alcohol will decrease your chances of further damaging your liver and should allow your liver function to improve.
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