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What causes enzymes in the liver to go up?

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Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
General Surgery 39 years experience
Inflammation: From many causes: toxic, hepatitis or fatty liver being the most common ones.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is there a common cause of low liver enzymes?

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Dr. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Usually OK: When we talk about liver enzymes, we are usually referring to transaminases (sgot/sgpt, ast/alt). The lower limit of normal is either zero or close to zero. Therefore having a low value of one of these is not an issue. Albumin and protein can be low in malnutrition or protein-losing kidney disease. And severe malnutrition will cause everything to be very low across the board.
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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 43 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.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of high levels of enzymes in your liver and heart?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Enzymes: The stock answer is myocardial cell damage or death causes release and elevation of the enzymes. Cardiac enzymes are supposed to be very specific, in practice not quite so much.. Similar for liver, generally means organ damage but not really that simple.

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