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Doctor insights on: Damaged Liver Cells

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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 can cause abnormal cells in the liver on a blood test?

What can cause abnormal cells in the liver on a blood test?

Test for high LFT's: There are 2 kinds of liver enzyme abnormalities--that signal disease of the liver cells or of the bile ducts. Abnormal liver tests may reflect fatty liver, too much alcohol, toxic exposure, occupational exposures, lot's of viral infections, metabolic problems, familial liver diseases, as well as problems with gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. Start with blood tests to identify possiblities. ...Read more

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Just had a liver biopsy? Positive pas kupffer cells portal marothphayes. What does this mean?

Just had a liver biopsy? Positive pas kupffer cells portal marothphayes. What does this mean?

Non specific: These are nonspecific descriptors without your clinical history and reason for the liver biopsy, it's difficult to know exactly what it means. In general, elevated liver enzymes may indicate liver injury and with the biopsy findings doctor can figure out where the injury is occurring within the liver and what cells or liver structures are affected. ...Read more

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Why do the liver cells of people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth tissue?

Why do the liver cells of people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth tissue?

Alcoholic liver : Not sure what you mean by smooth tissue. Generally, early in the disease alcoholics get more fat in their liver, followed shortly by liver inflammation, and eventually by fibrosis or scarring of the liver. At that point the liver appears shrunken. and hard in texture. .Best to try to quit drinking now. Your doctor can provide help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Alp 170 liver biopsy positive pas kupffer cells portal macrothphyes?

Alp 170     liver biopsy positive pas kupffer cells portal macrothphyes?

Not specific: These are nonspecific descriptors without your clinical history and reason for the liver biopsy, it's difficult to know exactly what it means. In general, elevated liver enzymes may indicate liver injury and with the biopsy findings we can make figure out where the injury is occurring within the liver and what cells or liver structures are affected. ...Read more

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Why do the liver cells of some people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth ER?

Why do the liver cells of some people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth ER?

Induced effect: EtOH induces proliferation of smooth ER in hepatocytes in order to detoxify the body. Specific drugs will do the same. ...Read more

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What does the liver have to do with red blood cell levels?

What does the liver have to do with red blood cell levels?

Iron: The liver is a store of iron, and is also responsible for production of the protein hepcidin, which, when present in high levels, prevents your body from making enough red blood cells -- red blood cells require iron. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepcidin ...Read more

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Is it true a lot of legal over-the-counter drugs kills your liver and brain cells more than majruwana?

Is it true a lot of legal over-the-counter drugs kills your liver and brain cells more than majruwana?

Liver maybe: In moderation, most otc meds are very safe. If taken all the time, and outside the norm of the packaging instructions (eg; "if taken for more than x amount of time-consult with physician") than some meds like Acetaminophen may cause liver problems. Don't try to rationalize smoking illegal substances with this argument!...It's a losing battle. ...Read more

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