The nurse is monitoring the labs of a client admitted with viral hepatitis. Which of the following lab findings would the nurse expect for this client? Select all that apply.

  • decreased ALT levels
  • increased AST levels
  • elevated ammonia levels
  • low serum albumin levels
  • shortened prothrombin time
Numbers 2, 3, and 4 are correct.
With viral hepatitis, lab findings include increased AST and ammonia levels. Serum albumin and ALT levels decrease. Prothrombin time is prolonged in viral hepatitis.