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Causes Of Elevated Ammonia Levels In Blood
Ammonia levels: They fluctuate normally depending on what you liver is doing and meds you are taking. Lets do 2nd opinion and find out more. ...Read more
Dad is diabetic and takes metformin. He does really well with it. His blood sugar levels are normal. But what causes the ammonia in the blood?
My blood ammonia level is 97 mcg/dL (lab range 27-102 mcg/dL). My complete metabolic panels are always normal. Is this ammonia level considered high? Is it high enough to cause encephalopathy?
Can high ammonia blood levels "73" cause muscle burning? I have severe burning in my legs and arms for no reason at all like if I am working out...
Usually not...: ...The ammonia itself, but could be a contributing cause or related problem, like lactic acidosis--need to contact your dr. Asap for guidance or go to er for blood tests and to id cause. ...Read more
Nothing: I take it that your blood ammonia level was measured and your level fell below the "reference range". A high ammonia, especially if very high, tends to mean trouble. However, a low level just means you are even lower than most healthy folks. "treat the patient, not the numbers." best wishes. ...Read more
Lab error possible:
The normal values listed here are just a guide. These ranges vary from lab to lab, and your lab may have a different range for what's normal. Your lab report should contain the range your lab uses.
15–60 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL)
21–50 micromoles per liter (mcmol/L)
*Blood drawn for ammonia levels should be kept on ice until processed, or false elevations may be reported. ...Read more
Yes in theory: But you get a different smell....around the patient. ...Read more
I take xifaxin 550 mg twice a day to help keep my ammonia levels in my blood down. Is it ok to take probiotics?
Lactobacillus: There are no known significant interactions.Get a more detailed answer ›
I've had diaheria for two days and now its smells like ammonia and a little blood ive had a colonoscopy cause I been bleeding off and on for a year?
Need moreInformation: Unfortunately there is far to little information provided to give you specific advise. Diarrhea often is due to a viral gastroenteritis unless this is a recurrent or chronic problem. What did the colonoscopy show? How often do you have bleeding? Is it a small amount or a large amount? Do you have hemorrhoids? A Online Consultation with with a HT physician may be helpful >http://bit. Ly/1OiIRcI ...Read more
Can some 1 please tell me if blood plasma level of 73 ammonia is dangerously high? My doctor told me today it was mild but the e.R said that high....
High: It is an elevated level of ammonia that you are referring to. Whether it is dangerously high or not -- I've seen higher levels, but each level should be taken individually as some lower levels may be high enough in some folks to cause mental changes, whereas chronically elevated levels in other individuals may not produce the same symptoms just because the brain has been adapting to that. ...Read more
Ammonia blood levels normal is 11-32 mine was 43 I have gilberts syndrome as well anything to worry about? I have bad muslce burning but no weakness
Why an issue?: Not clear why you would have had a blood ammonia level, as this may be quite misleading if your liver studies are in normal range. Gilbert's is a normal genetic variation of no consequence, and is not a marker of disease. I am intrigued by your "muscle burning", which could be a sign of a small fibre neuropathy. Suggest, team conference with your doctors. ...Read more
Is there a risk of low ammonia blood levels in a healthy person due to taking high doses of Lactulose daily for constipation?
No: No risk of low ammonia.Get a more detailed answer ›
I take primidone 50, Dilantin 300, and lamictal 250 every day for my seizures. Now the ammonia levels in my blood are in the 80s but my drs say that's normal cuz of my meds. I need a second opinion?
Get second opinion:
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check other liver panel labs. ...Read more
My ammonia level was 179. Toxins in blood. Sonogram shows enlarged liver. Does this mean I have liver cirrhosis as I was told. If so, what type?
Cannot say w/o...: ...Much more history at minimum. However, if mucomyst (acetylcysteine) brings ammonia down and liver given chance to recover, can often improve function. Need to avoid any non-essential taxes to liver function--like alcohol and non-essential drugs/meds. Gi or hepatology (/liver specialist) can help guide management if not rapidly improving. ...Read more
Nitrites, trace blood and leukocytes in urine, smells fishy/ammonia a few weeks after starting dexedrine. Pain and burning in bladder, NEG. UTI. Cause?
Possible UTI: Majority of UTIs are nitrite positive, however UTIs from so called "gram negative" bacteria such as enterococcus, staphylococcus, streptococcus are usually nitrite negative at urinalysis. These bacteria can be seen on microscopy & grown on bacterial culture. My advice is to get your urine cultured & have your primary care health provider prescribe some antibiotics. Good luck. ...Read more
I have cirrhosis and I'm decompensated. In a recent blood test my amonia level was 33. Should I be concerned or satisdied with this result?
Amonia: 33 doesn't appear to be very high, but it doesn't mean much, as some folks whose ammonia level is chronically elevated are able to tolerate it ok, whereas others who are not used to it, will not. Also, ammonia level tends to fluctuate and a spot check of 33 doesn't mean it's not changed since and is not higher now. ...Read more
No: It will not affect this test.Get a more detailed answer ›
For a ammonia blood test, does the specimen have to be put on ice immediately? If not how long do you have to put in on ice?
Immediately on ice: The specimen should be drawn in a Heparin tube and make sure the tubes are inverted and mixed 8-10 times. The specimen must be put on ice immediately to prevent degradation. If the lab cannot test right away, then the specimen must be spun down and the plasma separated out and frozen at-70 degrees. The ammonia level would be stable and could be thawed and tested at a later time. ...Read more
Is there any over-the-counter medications that can decrease blood ammonia in a cirrhosis patient and f so what?
Talk to your doctor: Elevated ammonia is a serious condition that should be treated with the advice of a doctor who knows you well. There are otc meds, but should be used only on doctors advice. ...Read more
I smoke cigarettes but my ammonia blood test came back normal. Shouldn't it be higher than normal due to smoking? Is my liver not working?
No sign liver issue:
A working liver processes the ammonia that is produced during digestion of food. A failing liver cannot work well enough, so less ammonia gets processed. The unprocessed ammonia gets into the bloodstream and from there into the brain, where it causes symptoms such as confusion.
A normal ammonia level does not guarantee a normal liver, but it does not at all suggest an abnormal one. ...Read more
Why not quit?: Depends upon the sensitvity of the test. Cigarette smoke does have ammonia in small amounts. Why not quit NOW. ..You seem worried about it.! ...Read more
I have o positive blood but high ammonia in my blood and on lactulose would I be able to donate blood ever?
Period 2 days late with dry cm. First day I had painful cramps for 1 hr that I haven't felt in 11 yrs. Blood smells like ammonia. What could this be?
Smell in nose ammonia only once in awhile after extreme cardio workout all blood work normal would could it be?
Burning of fat: The smell of ammonia may represent burning of fat due to exercise. It is not abnormal and given the rest of your history, you should keep up with the exercise. You may wish to do more aerobic exercises. ...Read more
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