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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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Could anti-thyroid medication cause elevated liver enzymes? I am a 68 year old female.

Could anti-thyroid medication cause elevated liver enzymes? I am a 68 year old female.

Yes: Yes, particularly a medication abbreviated ptu (propylthiouracil). The other available medication, methimazole, can do so as well, but not as commonly. Contact your physician asap. ...Read more

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Can having your thyroid removed cause elevated liver enzymes?

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.... ...Read more

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Liver enzymes elevated AST 50 ALT 78 bilirubin 1.2 us showed very little fat in liver. Could this be thyroid problems? They keep fluctuating.

Liver enzymes elevated AST 50 ALT 78 bilirubin 1.2 us showed very little fat in liver. Could this be thyroid problems? They keep fluctuating.

Very little fat?: You shouldn't have fat in your liver, period. This isn't thyroid disease; everybody's levels fluctuate. If you drink alcohol, you need to stop for a few weeks and get rechecked -- this could be your wake-up call. You'll need hepatitis b and c, medication effect, hemochromatosis, autoimmune hepatitis and wilson's ruled out. If you do have non-alcoholic fatty liver, aerobic fitness is a key. ...Read more

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Elevated liver enzymes. Decrease in TSH from. 94 to. 86 within 3 months. Vit D 51 nmol/L >74. Under active Thyroid? Have current blood results

Elevated liver enzymes. Decrease in TSH from. 94 to. 86 within 3 months. Vit D 51 nmol/L >74. Under active Thyroid? Have current blood results

It's not ever wise: To treat numbers and lab tests in isolation of the patient. I would strongly suggest you discuss this face to face with the doctor requesting this lab work. You have not provided any significant clinical information. ...Read more

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I seem to have an overactive thyroid and elevated liver enzymes, symptoms of graves and Crohn's issues- what can I do now?

I seem to have an overactive thyroid and elevated liver enzymes, symptoms of graves and Crohn's issues- what can I do now?

Get evaluated: You cannot diagnose graves' disease by symptoms alone. You need to see your doctors to have the graves' and Crohn's disase confirm by labs/imaging and possibly tissue biopsy. ...Read more

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Symptoms ; joint pain & chronic cough. ANA TITER 1:640, C3= 89, RNP +, ASMA =42, Thyroid peroxidase AB= 663, liver enzymes elevated. Help?

Symptoms ; joint pain & chronic cough. ANA TITER 1:640, C3= 89, RNP +, ASMA =42, Thyroid peroxidase AB= 663, liver enzymes elevated. Help?

Autoimmune disorder: With this profile, you clearly have an autoimmune disorder. The manifestations can be very targeted or diffuse. Autoimmune diseases include lupus, Goodpasture's syndrome, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, juvenile arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, autoimmune hepatitis and primary biliary cirrhosis. See your doctor ASAP, this can be treated before organ damage is irreversible. Good luck. ...Read more

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Fatigue, dizziness, joint pressure/popping, neck and back pain, nausea, chest pains, blood work shows elevated liver enzymes & muscle damage.?

Fatigue, dizziness, joint pressure/popping, neck and back pain, nausea, chest pains, blood work shows elevated liver enzymes & muscle damage.?

Get medical help: It sounds like you have many symptoms and abnormal blood tests that suggest something acute is going on. The doctor who ordered those tests should follow up immediately and direct the next step to investigate what is wrong, and that might even be a hospital admission. You should seek medical attention from your doctor or an urgent care facility to figure out what is going on and start treatment. ...Read more

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Chronic herniated discs upper back lower neck, chest pain-mostly dull sometimes stabbing, neck muscles feel tight, high liver enzymes. R they related?

Chronic herniated discs upper back lower neck, chest pain-mostly dull sometimes stabbing, neck muscles feel tight, high liver enzymes. R they related?

Yes and no: Herniated disks and various pain syndromes are certainly related. Do you know why your liver enzymes are high? Please make sure you are not taking too much tylenol (acetaminophen) or tylenol (acetaminophen) containing products, as tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose can cause elevated liver enzymes. Hepatitis c can cause high liver enzymes as well as muskuloskeletal pain. ...Read more

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Why some drugs causes elevated liver enzymes?

Why some drugs causes elevated liver enzymes?

Liver clears out: The liver does things such as clean your blood by removing toxins like medicines and alcohol. It contains thousands of enzymes which are special types of protein cells that help necessary chemical reactions to take place. Some medicines may be too much for the liver to handle and the result is that the enzymes are elevated and this is a sign that the liver needs help. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of elevated liver enzymes other than drugs or alcohol. Hep c+ no viral load in over 10 years?

What could be the cause of elevated liver enzymes other than drugs or alcohol. Hep c+ no viral load in over 10 years?

Many things: In general, if hep c viral loads have been negative for 2 years it is considered a cure (or sustained viral response or svr). However, re-infection with another strain of hep c is possible, as well as acquiring some other form of viral hepatitis (a, b, e, g and others). Weight gain can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Are you drinking alcohol to excess? Your doctor can test for these. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy alone cause elevated liver enzymes (for wife)? She doesn't drink or do any drugs, takes a prenatal; has grave's but not rx'd meds yet..

Yes!: Elevated liver enzymes in pregnancy may indicate a dangerous condition called pre-eclampsia, so please contact her provider and get her in asap! ...Read more

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Recent labs showed Liver enzymes elevated should I stop any medications? What can I take to help lower the enzymes?

Recent labs showed Liver enzymes elevated should I stop any medications? What can I take to help lower the enzymes?

High liver enzymes: 28 F just found high liver enzymes. Asks should I stop medications?
This will depend on the medications and the cause of the liver problem.

Check with your team as they know you best. ...Read more

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Elevated liver enzymes fr 6mos. No alcohol no medications. Not hep a.B.C CMV & ebv. Autoimune & u/s neg- not wilson not hemochro not alpha1 antripsin?

Possible fatty liver: If you are not on any medication or taking any herbal supplements that can cause elevated liver enzymes, the most likely diagnosis would still be non-alcoholic fatty liver disease ("fatty liver") even with a normal sonogram. Other imaging studies could confirm this, but the most definitive way to diagnose the cause is a liver biopsy. ...Read more

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What can cause elevated liver enzymes?

What can cause elevated liver enzymes?

Liver insult: Anything that can insult the liver and injure the liver cells, can cause elevated liver functions - viral illness such as Hepatitis A, B, C, mononucleosis, CMV - gall bladder disease - Sny non specific Vial illness - GB t ...Read more

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What could cause elevated liver enzymes in an otherwise healthy person?

Medicines: If you are definitely healthy and have been told this by a physician, medicines you are taking could be the answer. Another possibility is starvation, which seems unlikely. You need to make sure that physician agrees with you that you are otherwise healthy. ...Read more

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Can anorexia cause elevated liver enzymes?

Can anorexia cause elevated liver enzymes?

Absolutely: This is one more reason for experienced medical help. ...Read more

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Would elevated liver enzymes cause a fever?

Would elevated liver enzymes cause a fever?

No but the cause....: No. But the cause of the elevated enzymes, whether some inflammatory process, including infection, may trigger a febrile response. ...Read more

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Can bone problems cause elevated liver enzymes?

Shared enzyme: Alkaline phosphatase is elevated in both bone and liver disorders, though it is possible to ascertain the source of the enzyme. After that it depends on the type of bone disease. ...Read more

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Will gallstones cause liver enzymes to be elevated?

Will gallstones cause liver enzymes to be elevated?

Yes, but it usually: Means that the gallstones are in the common duct, causing intermittent obstruction or inflammation. It is a complication of gallstones, and a bit more complicated to treat than gallstones in your gallbladder. ...Read more

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Could heavy weight lifting cause elevated liver enzymes?

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Could heavy weight lifting cause elevated liver enzymes?

Yes: Stop any excercise at least 3 hours prior your blood test for liver enzymes. ...Read more

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How do I no if I have gallstones and what causes it? Would this make my liver enzymes elevated?

How do I no if I have gallstones and what causes it? Would this make my liver enzymes elevated?

See Dr & get U/S: Ultrasound rapidly identifies most persons with gallstones. Ct or functional imaging (hida / mrcp) can id others. Some people retain 'sludge' in their gb, and this eventually starts crystalizing / stone formation. Concern being obstruction of outflow / infection / pain. Ask your dr or a surgeon. ...Read more

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Can taking 5-htp and L-Theanine cause liver enzymes to elevate in bloodwork my billibutrin levels normal?

Yes: Could be serious if the numbers are high (more than 3 times upper limit of normal)
Any medication (prescription or over the counter) can cause elevated liver enzymes. Needs close monitoring, and if normalizes need to avoid this medication in the future. ...Read more

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Can fasting lead to elevated liver enzymes? Can a crash diet (reducing calories suddenly and drastically) cause elevated liver enzymes?

Can fasting lead to elevated liver enzymes? Can a crash diet (reducing calories suddenly and drastically) cause elevated liver enzymes?

Yes: I appreciate your strength in crash dieting, but plans for permanent lifestyle change are even more helpful. The fatty liver seen in nutritional deficiency is well-known and this may be why your liver enzymes spiked. Or they may have been high all along from obesity or from some other cause worth finding. ...Read more

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Chronic Elevated Total bilirubin (2.5) direct bilirubin (0.5) and indirect bilirubin (2.0). All other liver enzymes are normal. What causes this??

Chronic Elevated Total bilirubin (2.5) direct bilirubin (0.5) and indirect bilirubin (2.0). All other liver enzymes are normal. What causes this??

Sounds serious: Hello again Matt. If your direct bilirubin is actually 0.5 mg/dL now, then this is more than Gilbert's which I understand is diagnosed. If this is not a lab error, then I suspect you have cholestasis too for some reason and you deserve a workup by somebody who's good with liver disease. Actually, the alprazolam / Xanax you're taking occasionally causes this. You might start there. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Total bilirubin 2.5 (Elevated), Direct bilirubin 0.5 (Elevated), Indirect bilirubin 2.0 (Elevated) All other liver enzymes normal. What causes this?

Rerun test: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, you need to re do the tests in non-fasting state. With the exception of elevated direct bilirubin, the findings are consistent with Gilbert syndrome, which is not a disease. See this site for more info:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/gilberts-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20024904 ...Read more

Enzyme (Definition)

An enzyme causes the transformation of a compoond to another compound. In living structures, it is the transformation of a protein to another form. An example is from an inactive state ...Read more


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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more