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Doctor insights on: What Are High Liver Enzyme Levels

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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Told I had high liver enzyme levels and believe it could be inflamed. I drank an entire bottle of vodka and cranberry juice until about 2 in the morning. Went in for my test at 830. Was wondering if the reason my liver came back as that was due to the fac

Told I had high liver enzyme levels and believe it could be inflamed. I drank an entire bottle of vodka and cranberry juice until about 2 in the morning. Went in for my test at 830. Was wondering if the reason my liver came back as that was due to the fac

Incomplete question: You irresponsible drinking is likely the cause of your liver problems. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have elevated liver enzyme levels and was on Dioycycline for 5 months (from Nov. 2016 - March, 2017). They have come down but are still high. Do y?

I have elevated liver enzyme levels and was on Dioycycline for 5 months (from Nov. 2016 - March, 2017).  They have come down but are still high.  Do y?

Give us the results: If you can send us the present results of your liver Function tests(LFTs) we can be more helpful to you. Most often the liver enzymes will normalize if the offending agent has been removed from your body. ...Read more

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What natural therapies can reduce my elevated liver enzyme ALT (sgpt) level?

What natural therapies can reduce my elevated liver enzyme ALT (sgpt) level?

Don't mess w/ liver: There are 2 kinds of liver enzyme abnormalities--that signal disease of the liver cells or of the bile ducts.Abnormal liver tests may reflect fatty liver, too much alcohol, toxic exposure, occupational exposures, lot's of viral infections, metabolic problems, familial liver diseases, problems with gallbladder, bile ducts, & pancreas. What are you treating with "natural therapy"? Best to find out! ...Read more

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Other than elevated liver enzyme levels, what other blood tests diagnose cholestasis?

Nothing: By definition it is a diagnosis of abnl blood work. That being said cholestatic changes can be seen with a liver biopsy. ...Read more

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My liver enzyme level is elevated and I am scheduled for an ultrasound. Should I be concerned?

My liver enzyme level is elevated and I am scheduled for an ultrasound. Should I be concerned?

Not specifically: It is very good that you ate following up on your blood tests. I do not know which blood tests are elevated. An ultrasound can look at both your liver and gallbladder. Sometimes blood tests to check for hepatitis exposure is indicated. Some medications can also affect the liver & your doctor may change them if indicated. Not to worry about, but good to have checked. ...Read more

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Liver enzyme level ALT 54 (slightly elevated). What levels do they reach if a person has hepatitis a, b and c?

Really Variable: In general, with chronic hepatitis c the levels can fluctuate between normal and usually not >300-400. Acute HAV and hbv can have levels in the 1, 000s. Chronic hbv can settle with levels similar to that in hcv. Hav does not cause chronic disease. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has an elevated liver enzyme count related to alcohol. His levels were at about 120 for both. What level does cirrhosis occur.

My boyfriend has an elevated liver enzyme count related to alcohol. His levels were at about 120 for both.  What level does cirrhosis occur.

Forgive me : Ket me be frank. Your boyfriend is drinking heavily enough to put his health at grave danger. His liver may or may not go bad and it takes a long time. But other aspects of his life will go bad from alcohol. I guarantee it. If he cares about you, he will stop now. If he continues, recognize he is not the right guy for you. Be brave and best wishes. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy alone cause elevated liver enzyme levels? Alt level was 54. Is this considered high?

Can pregnancy alone cause elevated liver enzyme levels? Alt level was 54. Is this considered high?

Slightly elevated: Alt of 54 is slightly elevated. Normal pregnancy is not associated with elevation of alt. Do you drink or take any medications? It would be good to discuss this with your ob. ...Read more

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Elevated liver enzyme level ALT 54:is this that high to be concerned?What are normal levels? Can this be caused if u have a cold or are pregnant?

Yes: The cause may be something as simple as being a bit allergic to your cold medicine. Your physician's next step is for you to repeat the level off alcohol and meds. If it's still up, a search for one of the dangerous-but-treatable causes (wilson's, hepatitis, iron-overload, a few others) may begin. ...Read more

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What are normal ALT liver enzyme levels? Is ALT 54 high? Elevated levels due to pregnancy or having a cold maybe? (no drugs were taken for cold).

40 IU or less: We'd rather see them below 40, and most folks run 1-20. A few beers will kick them upwards; running a marathon is likely to put you into "danger zone" -- a lab value means nothing except in context. Let's repeat that alt in a few weeks off alcohol & meds -- or whatever your physician thinks best. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy or having a cold/flu elevate your liver enzyme levels? Alt level is 54. Is this considered high?

Some perhaps: Depends on the virus...And on the medicines you are taking, either regularly or for the cold/flu symptoms. Alt=54 is not very high--i would not worry about it. Could ask your dr to recheck it in about 2 weeks (when over cold, etc.) to allay fears, but not essential if no right upper abdominal pain / nausea / stool color changes / yellowing of skin. ...Read more

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Can poor periphery circulation and capillary refill cause elevated bilirubin and liver enzyme levels?

Can poor periphery circulation and capillary refill cause elevated bilirubin and liver enzyme levels?

Not likely: Peripheral circulatory disturbance is not expected to cause liver disease. Do not use Acetaminophen if you have liver disease. Please consult your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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If liver enzyme levels are slightly elevated (alt 54) could this be due to fatty liver?Been vaccinated for hep a&b and don't meet hep c risk factors.

Possible: Many things can cause a slight elevation in alt. A repeat level should be done to monitor for trend. If continues abnormal then workup is indicated. ...Read more

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What cause high liver enzyme activity?

What cause high liver enzyme activity?

Many: Liver enzymes are from the inside of the cells in the liver, and theur presence in excess indicates too many liver cells are dying, dimping their contents into the blood. Several causes: too much tylenol, (acetaminophen) alcohol, ibuprofen, and many prescription drugs. Gall stones lodged in the tract from the liver to the intestine, a tumor in that tract or the liver itself, an infection like hepatitis or mono. ...Read more

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Unknown cause for high liver enzyme. What tests must be done?

Need evaluation : Before choosing lab tests, it would be prudent to take a detailed history, and conduct physical examination. It would be prudent to leave the choice of tests to your doctor. ...Read more

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"high ALT liver enzyme only", what does that means?

"high ALT liver enzyme only", what does that means?

Elevated ALT: The most common cause is from fatty liver (commonly associated w/ alcoholism), other causes are hepatitis b or c, or other liver diseases. ...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