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Are There Benign Causes Of Elevated Liver Enzymes In Teenagers
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
Pancreatitis: Inlammation of the pancreas, pancreatitis, is most commonly caused by a gallstone blocking the entrance of the pancreatic duct into the intestine, or alcoholism. Less common causes include side-effects of certain drugs, very high triglyceride levels, and anatomical abnormalities of the pancreas. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need more info: What are the actual results? How long have the levels been elevated? Do you drink alcohol, if yes, how much? What medications are you taking, including herbals and over the counter drugs? It would be prudent to discuss all this with the doctor who ordered the tests as all lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context. ...Read more
Liver enzymes: Many things can elevate liver enzymes: infection like hepatitis, inflammation from too much alcohol, medications (many meds are metabolized by the liver & thus have potential to cause irritation & enzyme elevation), tumors, & more. If your enzymes are elevated, you doc will seek out the cause to correct the problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
An elecated liver: Enzyme simply is one way of your body letting you know that something is wrong. This can occur from any sort of insult to the liver. Something as simple as too much alcohol, cirrhosis, or too much tylenol (acetaminophen). Or you can have deposition of various agents in the liver such as any type of mass, or an infection be it viral or bacterial can cause transaminitis or hepatitis ie elevation liver enzymes.Dr.B. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the most common causes of hypoechoic masses in the liver? Liver enzymes have been slightly elevated for 2 months. I'm 28 years old. Relatively healthy. India ethnicity.
Hepatologist: Of concern is the question of liver metastases. Your question is best answered by a hepatologist or gastroenterologist who will review the ultrasound with the radiologist who interpreted the study. After conferring, they will determine a differential diagnosis and decide if further studies such as a liver biopsy are indicated. ...Read more
Space occupying...: Benign neoplasms of the liver are usually slow-growing (they appear relatively stable in size on sequential liver imaging) isolated space-occupying structures that are not expected to turn into cancer. Examples include: cysts, focal nodular hyperplasia, hemangiomas, adenomas, cholangiomas, cystadenomas, mesenchymal hamartomas. Giant (>4cm) tumors can cause mass effect, thrombosis, pain. ...Read more
How and why is there an increase in urobilinogen levels in hepatocellular dysfunctions like alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis and malignancy of liver?
Obstruction: When the liver is prevented from doing it's job due to disease it shows itself through elevation of certain chemicals in the blood because it is being blocked by physical disruption of the anatomy and bile goes into the blood causing yellowing of the skin ( jaundice). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mostly: Severe hemolytic anemia overloads capacity of liver to process hemoglobin from ruptured blood cells. Disease of gall bladder, bile duct, pancreas can block the bile flow. Gilbert's disease can cause jaundice when liver function is otherwise normal. There are others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes: The top 2 causes are viral (hepatitis C) or alcohol related,. Other causes include, metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes. Please see a liver doctor who can test you for the different causes and manage your symptoms. Fatty liver disease is becoming more prevalent and can lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more
Heart attack: Cardiac enzymes are for the most part muscle enzymes and can be elevated by anything that causes problems with muscle. The more cardiac specific enzymes will be less bothered but none are perfect. One would have to know what was going on before your enzymes were drawn to speculate what might have happened, including lab error. ...Read more
I was told hepatitis liver enzymes would be in the 1000's and most other serious liver disorders are in the 100's. What are normal levels?
Why do you ask?: Transaminases (sgot/ast, sgpt/alt) are usually below 40. In acute alcoholic or viral hepatitis, levels may be as low as the 400's with the person obviously sick. However, we draw them to look for smoldering, subtle disease (wilson's, chronic hepatitis, hemochromatosis, drug sensitivity, autoimmunity, nafl) and if your physician wants to work you up, it's your choice -- if missed, they can kill you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
High amylase and white cells in 14 yr old son, besides pancreatitis, what would be the cause? Is there any other possible causes of high amylase?
Possibly: It's possible that gallbladder problems could lead to pancreatitis in a teen. Some people have high amylase without any symptoms, called hyperamylasemia. Can't think of other causes in one this age. But with high white cells, likely has infection of gallbladder and/or pancreas. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: 1. Alcohol 2. Hepatitis c & b 3. Others like fatty liver disease, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, inflammatory bowel disease (includes ulcerative colitis and crohns - usually crohns), primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, tylenol (acetaminophen) or aflatoxin (certain mushrooms) toxicity but usually causes immediate failure, parasites, and others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hepatitis is suspect: Hepatitis b or c is an infectious and inflammatory disease that can cause protein in urine while causing elevated liver enzymes. Other conditions like lupus are to be considered. Also, 2 things could happen together like diabetes that causes protein in urine and obesity that causes liver enzyme increase. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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