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Lupus Elevated Liver Enzymes
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
Treat the cause: These are always worrisome. If they're still up after no alcohol, meds or marathons for two weeks, you'll be tested for the viral hepatitis group, autoimmune hepatitis, hemochromatosis, wilson's, and antitrypsin deficiency. If none of these are a factor, a lifestyle change to a focus on aerobic fitness may well bring them down & bring other benefits as well. ...Read more
Need to know reason: For the elevated enzymes. Common causes of elevated liver enzymes are alcohol intake, hepatitis virus infection, reaction to medications. The action to be taken depends on the reason for the enzyme elevation. This is not an issue for self diagnosis or self treatment, please consult with your doctor. ...Read more
Inflammation: Elevated liver enzymes usually refer to increase in ast and alt (lab value > 30 in men and >18 in female are "elevated"). This inflammation can be from different causes like fatty liver disease (very common now a days) or viral hepatitis, alcohol, autoiummune, metabolic, drugs, etc. Discuss with your pcp or a liver specialist what the next steps are. ...Read more
Liver clears out: The liver does things such as clean your blood by removing toxins like medicines and alcohol. It contains thousands of enzymes which are special types of protein cells that help necessary chemical reactions to take place. Some medicines may be too much for the liver to handle and the result is that the enzymes are elevated and this is a sign that the liver needs help. ...Read more
Simple blood work: Simple blood work- i.e. Liver function test- can tell you if your liver enzymes are elevated or not. Talk to your doctor in detail. ...Read more
If you must ask...: ... They're too high. Liver enzyme elevations are not dangerous in themselves but are markers for serious disease that needs treatment. Hepatitis b ; c, hemochromatosis, wilson's, autoimmune hepatitis and non-alcoholic fatty liver are all capable of killing a person, but manageable if detected. ...Read more
Warn of disease: These are always worrisome. If they're still up after no alcohol, meds or marathons for two weeks, you'll be tested for the viral hepatitis group, autoimmune hepatitis, hemochromatosis, wilson's, and antitrypsin deficiency. If none of these are a factor, a lifestyle change to a focus on aerobic fitness may well bring them down & bring other benefits as well. ...Read more
Medicines: If you are definitely healthy and have been told this by a physician, medicines you are taking could be the answer. Another possibility is starvation, which seems unlikely. You need to make sure that physician agrees with you that you are otherwise healthy. ...Read more
Don't Rx a lab: Elevated liver enzymes are a warning of life-threatening disease that must be ruled out. If you're drinking a lot, it may be your warning to stop. You may be taking a medication that's wrong for you. You may have smoldering hepatitis B / C / hemochromatosis / Wilson's / autoimmune hepatitis and Rx will save your life. You may just need to exercise more. ...Read more
Pretty rare to see: Significant elevation of liver enzymes is reported to be quite rare, although elevated lipids is quite common, esp. Triglycerides and LDL. Mild elevation of LDH is reported as is elevated alk phosphatase, but not clinically significant enough to stop treatment. It is advised, however, to monitor regularly during treatment. ...Read more
Yes: Stop any excercise at least 3 hours prior your blood test for liver enzymes. ...Read more
See a doctor: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. ...Read more
No: Elevated liver enzymes are not a good thing. These indicate liver injury. If you drink alcohol, stop entirely for 3-4 months before repeating the test. Please note that all lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is in the best position to do that. ...Read more
LFTs: Yes. You should repeat the labs and if still elevated, need further work up to rule out hepatitis, side effects of medicine, obstruction of biliary system or primary liver disease. ...Read more
Probably: It's a given that fatty liver is not normal. I trust that additional concerns -- notably wilson's -- have been ruled out, and that you're taking steps, including aerobic fitness, to keep the fatty liver at bay. I'm glad you're keeping this under close watch and hope you'll stay proactive. ...Read more
Not likely to be can: Cancer is rarely the cause of elevated liver enzymes...So you do not have to worry that much. Yet they imply liver damage of some degree, the commonest cause is alcohol. So I would advise you to be sure not to drink alcohol till the enzymes return to normal. Also make sure that you do not have hepatitis. This can be done with a blood test for hepatitis b and hepatitis c. ...Read more
Are slightly or mildy (not significant) elevated liver enzymes to be expected or common from Accutane?
Possible: Accutane can cause liver function tests to rise. The medication is safe when Prescribed correctly and monitored effectively by your treating doctor. Some docs will get a baseline Liver and kidney panel prior to starting the drug, so they can monitor the process. Be sure to discuss all your concerns with the Doctor who is treating you. Best wishes. ...Read more
Can fasting lead to elevated liver enzymes? Can a crash diet (reducing calories suddenly and drastically) cause elevated liver enzymes?
Yes: I appreciate your strength in crash dieting, but plans for permanent lifestyle change are even more helpful. The fatty liver seen in nutritional deficiency is well-known and this may be why your liver enzymes spiked. Or they may have been high all along from obesity or from some other cause worth finding. ...Read more
Why do I have slightly elevated liver enzymes at times and not other times? Docs have looked for hep. And many other things. Going on 10 years.
Elevated LFTs: Without more details, it is hard to say. Levels that are no more than twice normal yield a different list of possibilities than if they are, say, 10x normal. Low elevations may be due to medications and/or supplements you take, metabolic conditions, or a long list of other causes. Inherited disorders are also possible. Consult a hepatologist. ...Read more
Can taking nutraceuticals cause elevated liver enzymes? How do I get my dad to stop taking them? What should I say so that he'll listen? So worried...
Find ethical guide: The glitzy sucker ads that fascinate your dad offer a sense of intellectual superiority and empowerment. He'll continue to waste money on pills that are often not what they are supposed to be. The best remedy is to get him under the care of an ethical local specialist in holistic medicine, preferably a physician or working under one's supervision. This would turn a problem into a major plus. ...Read more
Elevated Liver enzymes. ALT 126, AST 281. Seeing a gastrolologist Looking at charts. Is this extremely high levels?
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