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Elevated liver enzymes. what can cause this and what does it mean?

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Dr. Peter Wiernik
Hematology and Oncology 56 years experience
Many causes.: Hepatitis, cancer, medicines, some hereditary conditions to name a few. However, it definitely needs follow-up. You need to see an internist for a proper evaluation.

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Why some drugs causes elevated liver enzymes?

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Dr. John Luther
Addiction Medicine 22 years experience
Liver metabolism: The body recognizes substances as foreign and tries to get rid of them as fast as possible. Some chemicals need to be broken down into metabolites prior to excretion via the kidneys (urine) or feces or breath or via sweating. The liver breaks down these chemicals into metabolites and the liver is the one that decides which drug get metabolized and which do not. Everything in blood pass liver.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can having elevated liver enzymes mean that i'm dying?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not necessarily: Elevated liver enzymes can be due to many reasons, the common ones are alcohol, hepatitis with viruses, side effect of drugs, circulatory issues etc. See this site for info and discuss the matter with the doctor who ordered the test. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/elevated-liver-enzymes/my00508.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What can cause elevated liver enzymes and when should I worry?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Alcohol, meds, infxn: And early onset diabetes can all cause liver enzyme elevation as well as metastatic cancer. You need to worry when in the hundreds/thousands.
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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 27 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 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".

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