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Could liver function tests reveal autoimmune hepatitis?

Could liver function tests reveal autoimmune hepatitis?

Yes: Liver function tests are often elevated in autoimmune hepatitis. This is a non- specific test. If the liver function tests are elevated additional diagnostic tests will be necessary. The anti smooth muscle antibody is one of the most important in pointing to this diagnosis. Tests for other liver diseases such as hepatitis and primary biliary cirrhosis are usually part of the evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Liver (Definition)

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


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Does liver damage and disease always involve high or abnormal liver enzymes?

Does liver damage and disease always involve high or abnormal liver enzymes?

No: You can have chronic hepatitis B or C with normal liver enzymes. You can also have other chronic liver conditions, such as cirrhosis of the liver, with normal liver enzymes. ...Read more

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Blood test results showed elevated liver enzymes and elevated kidney function. What does this mean?

Blood test results showed elevated liver enzymes and elevated kidney function. What does this mean?

Need for evaluation: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking a history, physical examination, looking at the actual lab results and may be additional studies. Lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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Mild kidney liver and pancreas diss function?

Mild kidney liver and pancreas diss function?

Unclear question: Would you please restate your question? For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more

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Which liver function test indicates viral hepatitis?

Which liver function test indicates viral hepatitis?

Hepatitis Panels: Liver function tests are not really used to diagnose viral hepatitis, but elevated ast, alt, ggt, alkaline phos, bili can indicate "something" is wrong and needs evaluation::. Hepatitis panels for anti-bodies, core anti-bodies, and antigens for each of the different types of hepatitis (a, b, c, etc.) are used to indicate whether viral hepatitis is present and the severity/length of the infection. ...Read more

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What does an abnormal liver function test mean?

What does an abnormal liver function test mean?

Abnormal LFT's: Elevated Liver function tests may occur for a variety of issues form Fatty infiltration (hepatic steatosis), viral illnesses such as the hepatitis viruses, Alcoholism, increased use of medications that metabolize through the liver (such as Acetaminophen), cirrhosis, biliary disease, gallbladder disease, etc, etc. Get an evaluation for the most likely cause if your LFT's are elevated. ...Read more

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Would a liver function test show gallbladder dysfunction?

Would a liver function test show gallbladder dysfunction?

It may,...: As if the ducts get blocked then the liver may get inflamed and the LFT's elevated. ...Read more

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Wouldn't a tumour on the kidney or liver cause abnormal CMP (liver enzymes & kidney functioning)?

Wouldn't a tumour on the kidney or liver cause abnormal CMP (liver enzymes & kidney functioning)?

Could but always: Yes tumors on the liver or kidneys can cause abnormal lab values but not always. ...Read more

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Is a hyperactive thyroid related to abnormal liver function?

Is a hyperactive thyroid related to abnormal liver function?

Yes: Hyperthyroidism can cause elevated liver enzymes. Drugs used to treat hyperthyroidism can also cause liver enzyme elevation. Discuss with your doctor what is causing what. Sometimes the simplest thing you can do is to treat the hyperthyroidism (curative) and see what happens to the liver enzymes. In all cases, you must follow the enzymes for trends. ...Read more

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Normal pancreatic enzymes, normal liver enzymes, normal CBC, normal ESR & C-RP. does this rule out pancreatic and liver cancer?

Normal pancreatic enzymes, normal liver enzymes, normal CBC, normal ESR & C-RP. does this rule out pancreatic and liver cancer?

Why do you ask?: Why would you think you have this stuff at age 20? You've written about this before. You owe it to yourself and those who love you to get with someone who can help you out these thoughts out of your mind and get on with studying, getting job skills and experience, perhaps finding romance and meaningful things to enjoy. To be brave, act brave. You're anything but helpless. ...Read more

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What is impaired liver enzymes?

Usually liver cell: Injury. Liver enzymes are elevated whenever there is injury to liver cells. Common causes are alcohol intake, hepatitis c infection and side effects of medications. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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Shadow showing on ultrasound of pancreas, all p.enyzme levels normal. liver function normal. blood results normal only high cholesterol. cyst?

Shadow showing on ultrasound of pancreas, all p.enyzme levels normal. liver function normal. blood results normal only high cholesterol. cyst?

Well: You must have had a doctor who ordered the scan. Call him and have him go over the results to be sure you understand the results. Have the doctor explain to you ...Read more

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Alt 188 AST 88 does changing statins cause the elevation? Nevver had abnormal liver function test before

Alt 188 AST 88 does changing statins cause the elevation? Nevver had abnormal liver function test before

It's possible: Elevated Liver function tests may occur for a variety of issues from Fatty infiltration (hepatic steatosis), viral illnesses such as the hepatitis viruses, Alcoholism, increased use of medications that metabolize through the liver (statins), cirrhosis, biliary disease, tumors, gallbladder disease, etc, etc. Discuss with Dr. to HOLD the statin and see if they trend down, then try another med 4 Chol ...Read more

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Elevated liver enzyme with normal other liver function and normal ultrasound and negative hepatitis b and c virus ??

Elevated liver enzyme with normal other liver function and normal ultrasound and negative hepatitis b and c virus ??

2 thoughts:: A common cause of asymptomatic elevations in liver enzymes is fatty liver(Non alcoholic fatty liver disease: NAFLD). This is very common in obesity and is considered to be part of the metabolic syndrome. Ultrasound will be "normal" (i.e. falsely negative) in 17% of patients with NAFLD. A less common cause=choledocholithiasis(stones in common bile duct). Often missed on ultrasound. Can be asymptom ...Read more

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Dr. Tso Chen
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Liver Function (Definition)

The liver is "life". The liver not only creates essential proteins and energy resources, but it also "detoxifies" the body through creation of elements like bilirubin while additionally breaking down a vast variety of chemicals (medications, toxins, etc.). The medical industry tests the "function" of the liver via a "liver function panel". This test looks at liver ...Read more


Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
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Liver Dysfunction (Definition)

Liver dysfunction is a clinical finding in which the liver is temporarily or permanently damaged resulting in a loss of ability to perform normal functions such as filter toxins from the blood and aid in digestion ...Read more