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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Increased Liver Enzymes

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Are there benign causes of elevated liver enzymes in teenagers?

Are there benign causes of elevated liver enzymes in teenagers?

Yes: It is very common for liver enzymes to go up transiently, especialy in children. Something as simple as a viral bug or a growth spurt can do this. Typically these resolve in 4-6 weeks. Persistantly elevated enzymes should be worked up. ...Read more

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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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What are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

What are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

Etoh, hepatitis, etc: Alcohol and hepatitis c are the most common causes of cirrhosis in the us. Worldwide, hepatitis b is #1 etiology. Other causes include toxins, heart failure, inflammatory autoimmune diseases, or unknown causes in about 30% of cases (idiopathic). Hepatocellular cancer (primary liver ca) can occur in long standing cirrhosis from any cause but more so in a background of hepatitis b or c infection. ...Read more

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Are the only causes of jaundice liver related?

Are the only causes of jaundice liver related?

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 more

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What causes "elevated liver enzymes"?

What causes "elevated liver enzymes"?

Too Many: There are simply a multitude of causes that can cause "elevated liver enzymes". Seek professional advice from a gastroenterologist or "liver specialist". ...Read more

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What causes liver enzymes to be elevated in fatty liver?

What causes liver enzymes to be elevated in fatty liver?

Damage to liver: Microvesicular fatty infiltration of hepatocytes (liver cells) is directly toxic to the liver. When liver cells are damaged or destroyed, they release their enzymes (ast, alt) into the bloodstream. ...Read more

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Can hematochromatosis cause cirrohsis of the liver?

Can hematochromatosis cause cirrohsis of the liver?

Absolutely: Of all the diseases that will kill you if untreated, classic hemochromatosis (which claimed the life of my grandfather and uncle) is the easiest to manage effectively. Cirrhosis is only part of the trouble. If you've been diagnosed, run (don't walk) to get your phlebotomies -- you'll be delighted with how much better you feel. ...Read more

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Can kidney problems cause elevation of lipase?

Can kidney problems cause elevation of lipase?

Sort of: Renal failure can result in mild elevations of amylase and lipase, but by then renal failure is a serious enough issue and elevated lipase is a side issue. ...Read more

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What are common causes of cirrhosis and liver damage?

What are common causes of cirrhosis and liver damage?

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

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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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Could elevated liver enzymes be a sign of liver cancer?

Could elevated liver enzymes be a sign of liver cancer?

While it could: Enzymes (alt/ast) indicate liver cell injury/inflammation: hepatitis - from viruses to drugs to alcohol. Alk phos may point to duct obstruction. But these can all be up or none be up in cancer traveled to the liver. ...Read more

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What causes cirrhosis of the liver?

What causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Agree but also...: Other causes of cirrhosis can be metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes. ...Read more

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What are the common causes of high pancreatic enzyme levels?

What are the common causes of high pancreatic enzyme levels?

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 more

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What are the causes of high levels of enzymes in your liver and heart?

Enzymes: The stock answer is myocardial cell damage or death causes release and elevation of the enzymes. Cardiac enzymes are supposed to be very specific, in practice not quite so much.. Similar for liver, generally means organ damage but not really that simple. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a high amount of liver enzymes in blood?

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What are the causes of a high amount of liver enzymes in blood?

Liver enzymes: Depends on the enzymes, such as in inflammation of liver (hepatitis) or failure (cirrhosis, as in alcohol). ...Read more

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How and why is there an increase in urobilinogen levels in hepatocellular dysfunctions like alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis and malignancy of liver?

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 more

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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