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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Ceruloplasmin: The oral contraceptive pill itself raises serum ceruloplasmin and thus copper. In the 1970's we used to be able to tell blood from women on "the pill ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Sinha
52 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Many: Hepatitis, alcohol , dibetes glycogen storage problems.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Many thigs can: Infections like prenatal viruses; e.g. Cytomegalovirus, rubella, hepatitis, etc.; inflammation or swelling of the liver, certain genetic and/or metabo ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Influenza and liver: Only 3% of patients with influenza A had abnormalities of liver tests in a recent study. The patients who had greatly increased liver tests usually h ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No disease: There is no disease association with low levels of liver enzymes in the blood.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
38 years experience General Surgery
Many causes: Usually some form of acute hepatitis or liver injury. Common causes are viruses, medications and fulminant hepatitis, a serious condition that can re ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Not usually: There is a relationship with diabetes, elevated blood fats, and obesity.Fat can cause elevated liver tests.There also are many other causes of elevate ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Many things: Elevated liver enzymes can be caused by inflammattion and infection (hepatiitis), trauma to liver, medications toxic to liver, alcohol, fatty liver, c ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Many things: Alcohol, viral hepatitis, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, cmv, ebv, leptosprosis, biliary obstruction, right sided heart failure, wilson disease, some ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Yes, but it usually: Means that the gallstones are in the common duct, causing intermittent obstruction or inflammation. It is a complication of gallstones, and a bit mor ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Ross
Dr. Joel Ross answered
39 years experience Geriatrics
Ammonia levels/mono: In very rare cases, mono can lead to liver failure with elevated ammonia levels. That is why the liver tests are often monitored in the course of mon ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
No and yes: There is not a direct connection, but there are associations between these findings. In rbc destructive processes the liver numbers are elevated, and ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Low kidney enzymes?: Kidneys do not have enzymes that are measured in the blood. If you have a low bun, you may be on a very low protein diet or are overhydrated. If your ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Wiernik
55 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many causes.: Hepatitis, cancer, medicines, some hereditary conditions to name a few. However, it definitely needs follow-up. You need to see an internist for a pro ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Yes: Liver cell necrosis can cause both.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
MANY THINGS: What test do you mean by "liver count"??????? The most common tests are enzymes and high levels are most commonly associated with medications/alcohol ... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Nelson
35 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Yes, Doxycycline can indeed raise live enzymes, as can many safe drugs. The question really is, how much are they elevated and how quickly do the com ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Alcohol, meds, infxn: And early onset diabetes can all cause liver enzyme elevation as well as metastatic cancer. You need to worry when in the hundreds/thousands.
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Stuart
44 years experience Family Medicine
No: Elevated liver enzymes means your liver is undergoing damage. That doesn't usually cause fatigue although the underlying condition causing the damage ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ekizian
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Damage to liver: Microvesicular fatty infiltration of hepatocytes (liver cells) is directly toxic to the liver. When liver cells are damaged or destroyed, they release ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Usually alcohol: Alcohol intake is the usual casue of elevated ggt. Abstain from alochol for a couple of months and retest.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
24 years experience ADHD and Autism
Need more info: There are many different enzymes so not able to answer definitively. Two of the most common to be told are high would be liver or cardiac. Since card ... Read More

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