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Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
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What causes a high liver enzyme?

What causes a high liver enzyme?

Inflammation: Of the liver....Or poor blood flow.

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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


Dr. John Leander Po
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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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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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Dr. Lori Wagner
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Is there a common cause of low liver enzymes?

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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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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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Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
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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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Dr. John Fung
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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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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


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