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What level of ammonia is fatal

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
25 years experience Internal Medicine
No one best answer: Ammonia is produced by metabolism of protein & by absorption (is produced by intestinal bacteria).Ability to process ammonia is poor in advanced liver ... Read More
Dr. Michael Depietro
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
None: There is no set level of ammonia that in itself is fatal, its elevation is more associated with the severity of the liver disease in a rough and inexa ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
That's fine: Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either side.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Lippe
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Ammonia: it depends on the lab but around here that is a little bit high low protein diet will help underlying cause has to be evaluated!
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
27 years experience Pain Management
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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: There's usually no reason to check these if you feel and look well.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Does not: Sound like it but it depends on you lab normals
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
16 years experience Internal Medicine
11-35: Ammonia levels can be checked in serum (blood )and can be elevated in patients with chronic liver disease with cirrhosis. As with most lab tests, the ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Borookhim
25 years experience Geriatrics
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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
35 years experience Internal Medicine
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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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Weston
40 years experience Family Medicine
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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