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Low Ammonia Level In Blood
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
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 ›
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
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?
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
Can low vitamin d cause muscle burning in my arms and legs? My levels are 26 normal are 30-100. Or high ammonia level 73 normal 11-32. Either of them
Cause? Very Unlikely: Symptoms are only clues as to their complex origins & limiting thinking to only one or two molecules/issues, usual body mechanic approach (commonly promoted), is rarely wise or productive. If the ammonia concentration is elevated (by the 2%-98% range of the lab), this may infer liver problems (review http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/820298-overview); & careful: impulsive decisions rarely wise. ...Read more
An ammonia test measures the amount of ammonia in the blood. Most ammonia in the body forms when protein is broken down by bacteria in the intestines. The liver normally converts ammonia into urea, which is then eliminated in urine.
Ammonia levels in the blood rise when the liver is not able to convert ammonia to urea. This may be caused by cirrhosis or severe hepatitis. ...Read more
Is an ammonia level of 41 umol dangerously high all other level test within normal range except ALT 87?
No: It's a marker for illness, not a dangerous level in itself. ...Read more
Clinically she would: Have altered mentation. You may also order blood work for ammonia level and get the actual number. ...Read more
Ammonia level was elevated @48 (normal range 3-37) all other labs normal. Previous ultrasounds & cts were normal. Is this something to worry about?
Ammonia level: No. Non specific and I would not worry about it. ...Read more
My ammonia level is 41 and I am sleepy all the time slurring my words feel like I'm in 2 different worlds. I was hospitalized in November for this for 5 days and now its back please help.
Go to: ER as you probably need to be hospitalized again ...Read more
Ammonia level 41 a little elevated gave me lactulose 15ml twice a day hoe long should it take to lower them since there bout that high?
Ammonia level of 72 dangerously high 1st time checked it was 43 second time it was 72 2 weeks apart I have gilberts syndrome do I need to go to er?
Ammonia level: This is concerning...Gilbert's should not cause elevated ammonia levels, so a different cause needs to be investigated. Liver disease, whether acute toxicity or chronic illness, can cause elevated ammonia. Please see your physician soon, and you may need a liver specialist (hepatologist) as well. ...Read more
Ammonia level: In some people with liver disease there are tremors. These can be due to an increase serum ammonia level due to the liver disease if so a medication can be given to decrease the ammonia level. He is probably jus wanting to be sure this is not the case. ...Read more
I have cirrhosis of the liver and they told me my ammonia level was 135. They said that was high. What does that mean?
Cirrhosis: Ammonia is a breakdown product of proteins, and is toxic at high levels. One of your liver's jobs is getting rid of toxins in your body. If your liver is not working because of cirrhosis, ammonia can build up, among other things. High levels of ammonia can severely effect your central nervous system. ...Read more
I am worried about my liver. My ammonia level is 112 and I have many symptoms of a possibility of liver failure. Should I worry.
Yes: This could be very serious. You must see the liver doctor. ...Read more
My ammonia level is 112 and my c reactive protein is high. I have been on a lot of medicine in the past 10 years for lyme. Should I be concerned?
Yes: If this is an accurate ammonia level, you might perhaps even have a mild urea cycle enzyme defect. If you feel well, i'd not be immediately concerned about your liver unless there are other lab abnormalities. ...Read more
I'm an alcoholic and recently was told I have high ammonia level and my GGT was high but everything else on my liver tests is normal? But sleepy
Serious issues: You have multiple serious health issues and should be seeing a primary care provider to coordinate your care. Your issues are not a suitable subject for this forum. ...Read more
Hi, I have high levels of ast and asl both in the mid 200's and ammonia level is also high at 53. I don't drink alcohol?
Liver disease: 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, the information you provided is consistent with liver disease, There are other causes of liver disease, in addition to alcohol. The issue warrants consultation with a doctor at the earliest. ...Read more
What reason would cause the ammonia level in your body to go up to 120? Is it due to kidney failure this is a question about my 81 year old father
Ammonia level: Ammonia level is moat likely due to kidneys not working effectively, but there are other rare causes. Your dad needs to see a doctor very soon. ...Read more
My 5 week old was dx with entrovirus. He also had a positive lactoferrin stool culture. His ammonia level was 80. Could this be a metabolic disorder?
Unlikely: A severe infection such as adenovirus before the immune system has matured at about 2 mo. Puts a great strain on the body's metabolism, likely sufficient to raise the ammonia level. It most likely will disappear as he recovers. The lactoferrin just indicates that he had significant inflammation of his intestines from the adenovirus. Urine for organic acids is a good metabolic screening test. ...Read more
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
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 ›
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
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?
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:
Get second opinion
check other liver panel labs. ...Read more
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
High WBC and Leukocytes. Trace of ketones. No blood, no protein, no bacteria. Urine culture negative. Low back pain. Urine smell like ammonia. Was in Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) DS for a week but it did not work.
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 ›
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