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can having your thyroid removed cause elevated liver enzymes?

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Dr. Louis Cady
31 years experience Psychiatry
No -not directly: Interesting question, and one i hadn't considered. Elias, rm et al, from mayo clinic (http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/23251814) published on the syndrome of liver problems (which would cause elevated liver enzymes) in patients with "thyrotoxicosis" which means too much thyroid hormones circulating. Most patients had their thyroid either destroyed with i131 or removed with surgery....
Answered on Jul 20, 2017
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Dr. Louis Cady commented
31 years experience Psychiatry
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Sorry - couldn't get everything in that first comment... SO.... the the thyroid being removed didn't CAUSE the liver problems, but rather the thyroid was removed because of the effects of an inflamed, hyper-functioning thyroid on the body, generally, and the liver, specifically. The "increased liver function tests" were thus an "innocent bystander" of the thyroid gland being removed. Another, "flip side" possibility is that if a thyroid gland is removed, and adequate thyroid supplementation is not achieved, and if severe weight gain and fat deposition begins to occur - particularly with fat deposition in the liver - (so called "steatohepatitis") you could have elevated liver function tests (again as an "innocent bystander") because of the fat deposition in the liver - which would be a combined effect of (a) removing the thyroid, and (b) not getting in enough thyroid Rx.
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