Date:    Fri, 13 Jul 2001 22:26:30 -0600
Sender:  Celiac/Coeliac Wheat/Gluten-Free List 
From:    Ron Hoggan 
Subject: Re: Liver function test

> Has anyone ever had elevated liver function test as a result of their celiac
> problem. Mine came back high and there isn't any other explanation.

Hi All,
Again, I am posting to the list on this thread originated by Susan Baker
because it is information that especially newly diagnosed celiacs should be
aware of. Elevated transaminases are observed in many patients with celiac
disease. In many cases these liver enzymes normalize over time on a
gluten-free diet. And there are cases that do not normalize on the diet.
Elevated transaminase has been reported many, many times in the peer
reviewed literature. It is sometimes the only presenting feature of celiac
disease.

It is therefore important to recognize the connection between celiac disease
and hypertransaminasaemia, in order to avoid undue alarm, as well as
recognizing the need for strict dietary compliance to aid in the recovery of
a variety of organs and body systems.
best wishes,
Ron Hoggan
Calgary, AB, Canada