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Will lyme disease or ehrlichiosis effect the liver?

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Dr. Michael Silverman
Specializes in Infectious Disease
No and yes: Lyme -no, amd ehrlichia yes as abnormal liver tests can be seen.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
YES!: Lyme disease can affect every organ of the body. 66% of patients with early disseminated lyme disease have elevated liver enzymes (see http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8675158). Even more patients infected with ehrlichiosis (80%) have elevated liver enzymes and it can even rarely cause liver failure- see http://cid.Oxfordjournals.Org/content/34/9/1206.Long.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
They may.: Ehrlichia chaffeensis causes increased serum transaminase levels in 80% to 90% of patients. REF: Hepatic Pathology in Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis Ehrlichia. academic.oup.com › ajcp › article-pdf › ajcpath119-0859. Lyme Disease can also cause liver damage & elevated liver enzymes.
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Last updated Feb 16, 2021

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