Posted a few days ago regarding 73 y/o mother with high ast,high alt and high iron levels. she had a clean catscan.
Current info is ast 800,alt 800, ana (antibodies)1280, iron 303, iron sat. 90%, ferretin 1742,alkalinephosphatase 121, RDW blood 17.8
She had liver biopsy today, results are due back tuesday. thats 5 days of waiting. The doc is leaning towards AIH dx and has prescribed 40 mg prednisone (pred) as of yesterday.
Our immediate concern is the ferretin level that we just learned of today. we have read that organ damage or death can result when ferritin and iron are too high. 1. Based on her high iron levels, if it is AIH, will the (pred) address the high iron? 2. If the (pred) does not, then shouldnt we be treating the high iron with phlebotomy (blood letting) NOW? 3. Is it meaningful to do the hfe test in any event. 4. Is it possible/likely that my mom could have both AIH as well as HH hemochromatosis since her ast, alt,iron and ana are high as well as high ferretin? 5. someone mentioned zeolite. Can zeolite rid body of excess iron?