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what are elevated liver enzymes?

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Dr. Benjamin Weisman
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Inflammation?: Presence or absence of hepatitis, cirrhosis, bile obstruction, inflammatory process.
Dr. Robert Rahimi
Hepatology 9 years experience
Depends: Elevated liver enzymes can be due to a number of causes. Without knowing more information, it is difficult to answer. However, depending on the degree of elevation and the type of "liver enzymes" that are elevated, it can be due to fatty liver disease (very common now a days) or inflammation from other causes. Discuss with your pcp or a liver specialist what the next steps are.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Transaminases: Nowadays this means elevated sgot/ast and sgpt/alt. These are often found on routine chemistry screening. The workup may simply be to stop alcohol and whatever meds you can for two weeks and see if they normalize. If not, you may get checked for hepatitis b & c, wilson's, hemochromatosis, and autoimmune hepatitis. If okay, lifestyle measures may be the next step. Good luck.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What causes "elevated liver enzymes"?

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Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Too Many: There are simply a multitude of causes that can cause "elevated liver enzymes". Seek professional advice from a gastroenterologist or "liver specialist".
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you please define elevated liver enzymes?

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Dr. Robert Rahimi
Hepatology 9 years experience
Inflammation: Elevated liver enzymes usually refer to increase in ast and alt (lab value > 30 in men and >18 in female are "elevated"). This inflammation can be from different causes like fatty liver disease (very common now a days) or viral hepatitis, alcohol, autoiummune, metabolic, drugs, etc. Discuss with your pcp or a liver specialist what the next steps are.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How do you treat elevated liver enzymes?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Treat the cause: These are always worrisome. If they're still up after no alcohol, meds or marathons for two weeks, you'll be tested for the viral hepatitis group, autoimmune hepatitis, hemochromatosis, wilson's, and antitrypsin deficiency. If none of these are a factor, a lifestyle change to a focus on aerobic fitness may well bring them down & bring other benefits as well.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Does flu cause elevated liver enzymes?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
May: Flu is a non-specific term and "flu-like" symptoms can occur due to many viral infections, e.g. Cmv, ebv and these viruses can induce liver cell injury and elevate liver enzymes.
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A 25-year-old female asked:

What can cause elevated liver enzymes?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Many things: Elevated liver enzymes can be caused by inflammattion and infection (hepatiitis), trauma to liver, medications toxic to liver, alcohol, fatty liver, cirrhosis, liver cancer etc.

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