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What happens when your ammonia levels are high

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Blood test.: A blood test can determine the ammonia level in your body.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Lactulose: The most common treatment is a sugary, thick syrup called lactulose. It binds ammonia in the gut and decreases its absorption into the blood stream.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Rheumatology 53 years experience
See details: High ammonia levels results from certain disease states that compromise the function of the liver. You treat the ammonia level by treating the underly... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
Yes, maybe: An ammonia test measures the amount of ammonia in the blood. Most ammonia in the body forms when protein is broken down by bacteria in the intestines.... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Does not: Sound like it but it depends on you lab normals
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Borookhim
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Clinically she would: Have altered mentation. You may also order blood work for ammonia level and get the actual number.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Weston
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Evaluation warranted: Ammonia is a by product of metabolism by the liver. Elevated ammonia levels generally mean there is a problem with liver metabolism. Further evaluat... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Ramkaransingh
Interventional Radiology 21 years experience
Lactulose and diet: Elevated blood ammonia is most commonly seen in patients with chronic liver disease. Ammonia is a breakdown product of protein metabolism. A low prot... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wanganswered
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: One example, case report showed that some advanced multiple myeloma without cirrhosis can have elevated ammonia. The mechanism is unclear.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No: It's a marker for illness, not a dangerous level in itself.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Many: There is a large list of conditions that result in elevated ammonia and/or lactate. The body chemistry is malfunctioning, often thru a genetic defect.... Read More
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