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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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My labs came back with elevated liver enzymes. Should I be worried?

My labs came back with elevated liver enzymes. Should I be worried?

Be proactive: Worrying accomplishes little. You'll get a repeat check off alcohol and meds; if they're still up, you'll get screened for hepatitis b and c, hemochromatosis, wilson's, autoimmunity, and perhaps more. All are manageable but can hurt you badly if missed. You may simply have fat in the liver and end up getting a rx for some serious aerobic fitness. ...Read more

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There is very elevated liver enzymes of my 7 months old baby, should I be worried?

There is very elevated liver enzymes of my 7 months old baby, should I be worried?

Yes: Infantile hepatitis is fairly common and your pediatrician needs to seek a cause. Hopefully it will be self-limited or treatable. I very much hope you are not giving junior any 'alternative-complementary' medicines from a source that's not trustworthy -- many are not what they claim to be and can be liver poisons. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if only one of my liver enzyme tests came back elevated? They never told me which one just to quit drinking and retest in a month?

Liver: Yes. All elevated liver enzymes can mean danger. There is no medication to improve the liver. It has to heal on it's own. Thus when there is liver inflammation one must cut out the toxic things that are possible reasons for the liver trouble. It is not to be ignored. ...Read more

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I was told that my blood work showed elevated liver enzymes should I be worried?

I was told that my blood work showed elevated liver enzymes should I be worried?

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

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Do slightly elevated liver enzymes always mean cancer? I'm only 20 and don't want to be worried.

Do slightly elevated liver enzymes always mean cancer? I'm only 20 and don't want to be worried.

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

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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

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12yr son ck 11, 481 now liver enzymes elevated. Redid blood today. Doc won't discuss yet until new results. Worried muscular dyst but is nothing poss?

12yr son ck 11, 481 now liver enzymes elevated. Redid blood today. Doc won't discuss yet until new results. Worried muscular dyst but is nothing poss?

How does he FEEL?: Athletic participation can raise CK very high in young people; if he's keeping up in fitness activities with other youngsters, I'm less concerned than if he complains of weakness. However, the only person who can help is his primary care physician and the neruologist to whom Junior may be referred -- SGOT/SGPT "liver enzymes" can come from muscle. ...Read more

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I'm 5'4, 230lbs. Have elevated liver enzymes. Lexapro and Percocet 1daily. Could this be my weight or my meds? NP doesn't seem worried but I am! I've lost 100lbs but sill over weight. Can I ask for more testing? Very scared. Healthy otherwise.

I'm 5'4, 230lbs. Have elevated liver enzymes. Lexapro and Percocet 1daily. Could this be my weight or my meds? NP doesn't seem worried but I am! I've lost 100lbs but sill over weight. Can I ask for more testing? Very scared. Healthy otherwise.

Rule out...: I'm betting it's lack of exercise. You can address this. You need to have hepatitis B and C, Wilson's, hemochromatosis, and autoimmune hepatitis ruled out. If it's lack of exercise, there's often fat in the liver on ultrasound. This isn't to be taken lightly. I also trust you're sensible and don't drink alcohol. Why not hit the fitness circuit harder and see if it doesn't fix things? ...Read more

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After my 2nd blood test came back that my liver enzymes came back elevated now my doctor wants a ultra sound done do I have to be worried?

After my 2nd blood test came back that my liver enzymes came back elevated now my doctor wants a ultra sound done do I have to be worried?

Not enough info: You give no specifics as to why the tests were ordered, your medical conditions or your meds. You should direct your question to the doctor who ordered the tests. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your liver enzymes are elevated high?

What does it mean if your liver enzymes are elevated high?

Find the cause: Repeating them when the person is off alcohol and unnecessary medications is often the best plan. If they're still up, you'll get a workup for hepatitis b and c, hemochromatosis, wilson's and maybe a few others. If you're clear of these, think about getting back into serious aerobic fitness. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if your liver enzymes are elevated?

What exactly does it mean if your liver enzymes are elevated?

Liver damage: It means your liver cells are being damaged. That can be duse to viruses, precription meds, alcohol and some other causes. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when my liver enzymes are elevated and how could it affect my health?

Indication of liver: Liver diseases like hepatitis cause liver enzymes to go up. So you and your doctor need to find out the cause of this hepatitis. It can be a vius infection (hep-b or hep-c) or alcohol related liver injury. ...Read more

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Is my liver enzymes are elevated does if always mean something deadly or serious?

Not necessarily: Sometimes liver enzyme elevation is not permanent and liver cells are not permanently damaged. Some forms of toxicity from certain drugs, obesity with loss of weight, trauma with healing, abstaining from alcohol, viral hepatitis, mononucleosis with recovery, etc ...Read more

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When your liver enzymes are elevated, what do liver doctors usually do about that?

Try to find the caus: The doctor should find out the cause and offer you treatment. It may be some type of hepatitis which is either viral hepatitis (hepatitis-b or c) or due to excessive alcohol use which can damage the liver resulting in elevation of liver enzymes due to chemical liver injury. ...Read more

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My liver enzymes are elevated. My dr says I need an ultrasound. What else should I be doing?

My liver enzymes are elevated. My dr says I need an ultrasound. What else should I be doing?

First, repeat labs: It is very common for liver enzymes to go up and down slightly, even in healthy people, so always good to repeat the test and see if normalized. Must review meds list carefully, as this is common effect of drugs (e.g. Statins). Alcohol, esp. Binges but even moderate intake, can cause transient spikes in values as well. If stays high, need thorough evaluation for causes of hepatitis. ...Read more

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Both my n my boyfriends liver enzymes are elevated. I have barretts disease and fatty liver disease is it just coincidental both of ours are elevated or is something else going on with us?

Both my n my boyfriends liver enzymes are elevated. I have barretts disease and fatty liver disease is it just coincidental both of ours are elevated or is something else going on with us?

Have: Have you both been tested for hepatitis? If not do so immediately. Also mononucleosis can cause elevated liver function tests (enzymes). Otherwise it could be coincidental, especially if you both have high triglycerides or fatty livers. It is difficult to say.
Take care. ...Read more

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If im taking statin pills and my liver enzymes are elevated is it dangerous? What will it do in the long run?

It depends: Mild elevation of liver enzymes is common and usually not serious. However large elevations (which are rare) should prompt discontinuation of the drug. A review of your baseline cholesterol and your risk factors for coronary or other vascular disease is needed. Talk to your doctor! ...Read more

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My 6 yr old daughters liver enzymes are elevated for the last week she has been sluggish is this a sign to take her to the dr or er?

My 6 yr old daughters liver enzymes are elevated for the last week she has been sluggish is this a sign to take her to the dr or er?

See doctor first.: Liver enzymes are high for many reasons, but the majority are from damage to liver cells by some process. It can be necrosis as in hepatitis, obstrucyion from gallstones, or ischemic due to venous occlusion or sho ck, and from cirrhosis, etc. It might be something not in gthe liver, or from a medication, so see your doctor soon first to find the cause, and see if she has to go to the hospital. ...Read more

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When your liver enzymes are elevated, what does your liver doctor usually do?

When your liver enzymes are elevated, what does your liver doctor usually do?

Get liver tests...: What tests are appropriate, and what may be wrong with your liver, depends on many factors--longevity of elevated liver enzymes, risk factors, exposure to hepatotoxins (gasoline, farm products, solvents), viruses, familial liver diseases, likelihood of autoimmune disease, alcohol history, pregnancy, age and gender. Tests may include: x-rays, blood work, liver biopsy. ...Read more

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My liver enzymes are elevated, but I tested negative for hepatitis, could I have liver disease or cancer?

My liver enzymes are elevated, but I tested negative for hepatitis, could I have liver disease or cancer?

Possibly, not likely: Meds, supplements and alcohol can elevate your liver enzymes. Chronic hepatitis c is common, so make sure they tested for it. The first step is to make sure whatever you put in your mouth isn't hurting your liver, and follow your test results over time. About 9% of adults have abnormal lfts. Obesity causing fatty liver is another common cause. I'm not sayin' you're fat, but had to mention it! ...Read more

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How can I tell if my liver enzymes are elevated from taking aspirin and not from alcohol use?

How can I tell if my liver enzymes are elevated from taking aspirin and not from alcohol use?

Halt the injury: Liver enzyme elevation results from destruction of liver cells. Alcohol is a toxin that can severely damage the liver and stopping alcohol use will certainly reduce liver damage. A typical baby Aspirin should not have much impact on a previously healthy liver, but alcohol will. ...Read more

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What's a good way to check if my liver enzymes are elevated from aspirin and not from alcohol use?

What's a good way to check if my liver enzymes are elevated from aspirin and not from alcohol use?

Alcohol: Aspirin is not likely to raise liver enzymes, if your enzymes are elevated and you drink, these two are related. ...Read more

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Is an elevated liver enzyme dangerous?

May be: Depends on the test and the level. Certainly it warrants some kind of explanation...Not to be blown off imho. ...Read more

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What does elevated but stable liver enzymes mean?

What does elevated but stable liver enzymes mean?

Slow going.: Probably means that the liver disease you have is very stable or at least progressing slowly. This could be seen with many different types of liver disease - hemochromatosis. fatty liver, chronic hepatitis, alpha 1 antitrypsin, chronic alcohol or med use, etc. Really could be just about anything ...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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For what length of time do liver enzymes stay elevated?

Depends on cause: Alcohol is a common cause of elevated enzymes and levels come down in a couple of weeks if one stops drinking. On the other end is chronic hepatitis due to may causes and in that disorder the enzymes remain elevated. ...Read more

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

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

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