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Doctor insights on: How Do I Determine What Causes Elevated Enzymes In My Liver

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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How do I determine what causes elevated enzymes in my liver?

How do I determine what causes elevated enzymes in my liver?

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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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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What cause liver enzymes to be elevated in a child?

Many thigs can: Infections like prenatal viruses; e.g. Cytomegalovirus, rubella, hepatitis, etc.; inflammation or swelling of the liver, certain genetic and/or metabolic diseases , sometimes heart failure or prolonged jaundice, etc. It is important to see a liver specialist if your child has elevated liver enzymes and/or an enlarged liver (hepatomegaly). ...Read more

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I was wondering what would cause liver enzyme to get elevated?

There are many cause: Many things can cause this. Some are harmless, others are dangerous. Alcohol and many medicines (especial tylenol) can do this. Many infections can do this, some short lasting and some long lasting. Structural abnormalities in the liver can do this. Some autoimmune or inflammatory disease can do this. Sometimes no reason can be found, but it is important to try to identify the cause. ...Read more

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What could cause elevated liver enzymes?

What could cause elevated liver enzymes?

Many: Unfortunately the possibilities are numerous. Genetic disorders, infectious disease, medications, alcohol. Many more possibilities. ...Read more

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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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What are the causes of elevated liver enzymes in an otherwise healthy person?

Need more info: What are the actual results? How long have the levels been elevated? Do you drink alcohol, if yes, how much? What medications are you taking, including herbals and over the counter drugs? It would be prudent to discuss all this with the doctor who ordered the tests as all lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context. ...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