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Doctor insights on: Low Liver Enzymes Symptoms

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Dr. James Chapman
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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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Been sick 1yr. diangosis 1wk ago with Lyme. Neuro and joint symptoms. Pos ANA, low WBC, high liver enzymes. How long should I expect treatment to be? Thanks.

Been sick 1yr. diangosis 1wk ago with Lyme. Neuro and joint symptoms. Pos ANA, low WBC, high liver enzymes. How long should I expect treatment to be? Thanks.

Up to 1 month: It may take up to a month of IV antibiotics, depending on the severity and specifics of your case. Evidence for benefit of additional weeks or months of IV antibiotics is mostly anecdotal , and must be weighed against the risk of line infection, adverse drug effects, and destroying the balance of your microbiome. ...Read more

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Is low liver enzymes serious?

Is low liver enzymes serious?

No: Reference ranges are set up so that several percent of healthies fall outside. If the low 'zymes meant anything, you'd already know you have massive liver failure -- and you wouldn't be writing healthtap. ...Read more

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What can lead to low liver enzymes?

What can lead to low liver enzymes?

No disease: There is no disease association with low levels of liver enzymes in the blood. ...Read more

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What is low liver enzymes a sign of?

What is low liver enzymes a sign of?

Means nothing: I'm assuming you have no obvious health problems. The reference ranges are set up so that several percent of healthy folks will be out of the range on either side. Low 'zymes never mean anything in a person who seems healthy. ...Read more

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Is there a common cause of low liver enzymes?

Usually OK: When we talk about liver enzymes, we are usually referring to transaminases (sgot/sgpt, ast/alt). The lower limit of normal is either zero or close to zero. Therefore having a low value of one of these is not an issue. Albumin and protein can be low in malnutrition or protein-losing kidney disease. And severe malnutrition will cause everything to be very low across the board. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your liver enzymes are low?

Not a medical : Condition. Low liver enzymes is not a medical condition. What are the actual values of your liver enzymes? ...Read more

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What are physical symptoms of having high liver enzymes?

What are physical symptoms of having high liver enzymes?

Several: Liver enzyme elevation can result in several things, depending on which enzymes and how high. For example, itching as a result of high bilirubin levels; rashes may be seen; nausea and vomiting; diarrhea, etc. So, depending on which enzyme is elevated and to what extent will determine the symptoms. Usually 2-4 x normal does not give symptoms. ...Read more

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My husband is an alcoholic and recently had a test done that said he had low liver enzymes what does this mean?

My husband is an alcoholic and recently had a test done that said he had low liver enzymes what does this mean?

Need more info: Liver enzymes reflect the health of the liver, elevations means some ongoing inflammation, however normal enzymes do not necessarily mean no inflammation, but in general better normal than elevated. In your husband's case, one would need to know what tests were done, overall alcohol consumption, other psychosocial effects of alcohol consumption (e.g. legal, employment and family effects) ...Read more

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What causes high liver enzymes and low blood sugar?

What causes high liver enzymes and low blood sugar?

Liver and sugar: High liver enzymes can arise from a number of conditions and you need to see your doctor very soon. How low is your low blood sugar? How often do you measure your blood sugar? What diabetes medication are you using? Put this all together and you MUST see your doctor! ...Read more

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My son is 11 he had labs done they said his bun was one point low and liver enzymes were 272 what's that mean?

My son is 11 he had labs done they said his bun was one point low and liver enzymes were 272 what's that mean?

This could hepatitis: This could be hepatitis. The low BUN is not a major problem. You need to ask your physician if this is hepatitis and is it due to infection, medications etc ...Read more

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Could gallbladder be pain in central/left, also kidney area, occasionally on upper left? Just a low grade off and on pain. Liver enzymes elevated.

Could gallbladder be pain in central/left, also kidney area, occasionally on upper left?  Just a low grade off and on pain.  Liver enzymes elevated.

It is possible : The gallbladder is on the right side of the abdomen. Its symptoms can be found anywhere in the abdomen even that on the left side is less likely but still possible. You can discuss this with your physician ...Read more

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Low iron, high liver enzymes, high absolute monocytes count.. Any correlation?

No: The absolute monocyte count seldom tells us much in isolation. If by "low iron" you mean a low serum iron, you need it interpreted; if by "low iron" you mean a low hemoglobin / hematocrit, you are anemic and this is serious. High liver enzymes require a workup for alcohol and drug toxicity, hepatitis, hemochromatosis, wilson's & others. Never focus just on labs. ...Read more

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My plt. is low,i hve normal liver enzymes,normal usg,.i hve hep b. is it for liver.what i can do now,and how dangerous it is.

My plt. is low,i hve normal liver enzymes,normal usg,.i hve hep b. is  it for liver.what i can do now,and how dangerous it is.

Hepatitis: You need a full assessment of the degree to which your liver may have been compromised by Hep B, and this can only be done by doctors specializing in this area. If you have portal hypertension and spleen enlargement this can consume platelets, or there may be a problem with your bone marrow and platelet production. Go and see a doctor. ...Read more

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What causes a low hematocrit, low hemoglobin, low mcv, and elevated liver enzymes?

Medical illnesses: There are many medical conditions that can cause these things...In general, you have anemia, and abnormal liver function tests that need to be evaluated and treated depending on the results of why you are anemic and have elevated liver enzymes. ...Read more

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Been a superdrunk, have high liver enzymes in blood, its not hepatitas and don't have chirosis symptoms what is it? Im not obeese.. Help please

Liver Disease: You allude to some of the potential causes. Alcohol is right up there. Non alcoholic fatty liver disease, many other causes need evaluation with labs and you may eventually require a biopsy to nail it down. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my white cells are low and my liver enzymes are high. I have had hep c for 14 yrs?

Need context: We need the context of why these labs were done, as well as any symptoms (and other labs/baseline labs) before we can even begin to make an educated guess as to what these numbers mean. ...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