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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are some of the reasons for elevated enzymes in the liver?

3 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Liver enzymes: Many things can elevate liver enzymes: infection like hepatitis, inflammation from too much alcohol, medications (many meds are metabolized by the liver & thus have potential to cause irritation & enzyme elevation), tumors, & more. If your enzymes are elevated, you doc will seek out the cause to correct the problem.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Many causes..: Most common in us now is actually obesity/fatty liver disease. Others include alcohol, medications/drugs/chemotheraoies, infections/hepatitis, cancers/malignancies, autoimmune diseases, sacoidosis, and some inborn-error of metabolism.. If you have this, check with your doc and find out why and treat accordningly... Good luck.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Alcohol, hepatitis: Elevated liver enzymes in blood are due to injury to liver cells. Two common reasons are use of alcohol and viral hepatitis. There is a long list of other causes, e.g., side effects of drugs, biliary obstruction, cancer in the liver, liver inflammation due to agents other than hepatitis viruses.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

How do I determine what causes elevated enzymes in my liver?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Can be difficult: You need to see your pcp or a gastroenterologist. A complete history, review of systems and examination including a review of all you medications and anything you ingest or otc meds and things along with any alcohol or drugs you use and a general history of transfusions, sexual practices and much more. Lab studies along with scans (ultrasound or ct or MRI or other ) may be needed. Get checked.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

What does elevated but stable liver enzymes mean?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Slow going.: Probably means that the liver disease you have is very stable or at least progressing slowly. This could be seen with many different types of liver disease - hemochromatosis. fatty liver, chronic hepatitis, alpha 1 antitrypsin, chronic alcohol or med use, etc. Really could be just about anything
A 34-year-old member asked:

For what length of time do liver enzymes stay elevated?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Depends on cause: Alcohol is a common cause of elevated enzymes and levels come down in a couple of weeks if one stops drinking. On the other end is chronic hepatitis due to may causes and in that disorder the enzymes remain elevated.

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Last updated Dec 17, 2018

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