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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis Dr. Lewis
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What are some of the reasons for elevated enzymes in the liver?

What are some of the reasons for elevated enzymes in the liver?

Liver enzymes: Many things can elevate liver enzymes: infection like hepatitis, inflammation from too much alcohol, medications (many meds are metabolized by the liver & thus have potential to cause irritation & enzyme elevation), tumors, & more. If your enzymes are elevated, you doc will seek out the cause to correct the problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Anyone know what is a reason other than hepatitis for liver enzymes to be elevated in the blood?

Anyone know what is a reason other than hepatitis for liver enzymes to be elevated in the blood?

Yes: Numerous issues can increase enzymes such as numerous meds and many other diseases. Also the ast and alt can also be elevated by certain muscle diseases. ...Read more

Dr. Dustin Colegrove Dr. Colegrove
Internal Medicine
8 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Will elevated liver enzymes be a reason to stop surgery for a bad right hip ?

Will elevated liver enzymes be a reason to stop surgery for a bad right hip
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Typically not: but if this is an elective procedure the surgeon may want a work up to determine why -- especially if the levels are severely elevated. if you have underlying liver disease it may affect what anesthetic is used during the procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale Dr. Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
69 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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I hav been told by my doctor that the reason i hav elevated liver enzymes becausd of viral infection such as hepa a.What ill be doin now to normalize.

I hav been told by my doctor that the reason i hav elevated liver enzymes becausd of viral infection such as hepa a.What ill be doin now to normalize.

Not enough info: If the triglycerides are elevated, particularly if they are higher than cholesterol, it could be as simple as diet !. Try getting rid of sugar in all its forms as well as diet drinks. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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

Dr. Adam Bodian Dr. Bodian
Dermatology
31 years in practice
Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
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Why some drugs causes elevated liver enzymes?

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

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Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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I had some. Blood work done and Dr said non specific changes to wbc count was slightly elevated and liver enzyme slightly elevated is this something t?

I had some. Blood work done and Dr said non specific changes to wbc count was slightly elevated and liver enzyme slightly elevated is this something t?

It is, but...: ...without understanding whether these abnormalities are new or chronic its hard to peg their clinical significance at this moment. Never however ignore abnormal lab results. ...Read more

Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it possible to have mildly elevated liver enzymes and some small spots on your liver during an ultrasound and have the two findings be totally unrelated? Could you have non alcoholic fatty liver disease and cysts or something similar?

Is it possible to have mildly elevated liver enzymes and some small spots on your liver during an ultrasound and have the two findings be totally unrelated? Could you have non alcoholic fatty liver disease and cysts or something similar?

Yes.: This is in fact common. Both liver cysts and liver enzyme abnormalities are very common. Therefore the overlap of those two is also common. It would be unlikely that a cyst alone would be responsible for liver enzyme elevations. ...Read more

Dr. Albert Pizzo Dr. Pizzo
Family Medicine
56 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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8 weeks pregnant, just got a full blood count and my liver enzymes are elevated? I just got over a 9 day vomiting illness, also some diarhhea, causes?

8 weeks pregnant, just got a full blood count and my liver enzymes are elevated? I just got over a 9 day vomiting illness, also some diarhhea, causes?

Preg and ill: You have abnormal blood tests and have been ill. It is very important to keep your OB informed and to follow medical directions carefully. ...Read more

Dr. Kathy Robinson Dr. Robinson
Family Medicine
28 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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How do I determine what causes elevated enzymes in my liver?

How do I determine what causes elevated enzymes in my liver?

Test for high LFT's: 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, as well as problems with gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. Start with blood tests to identify possiblities. ...Read more

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol Dr. Huilgol
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
31 years in practice
The Flinders University of South Australia
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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

Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Mary Esther Carlin Dr. Carlin
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
47 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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What cause liver enzymes to be elevated in a child?

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

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Tracy Sinha Dr. Sinha
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
49 years in practice
Saurashtra University, C.U. Shah Medical College
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Dr. Shahid Rafique Dr. Rafique
Internal Medicine
40 years in practice
University of Karachi, Dow Medical College
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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

Dr. Moshe Usadi Dr. Usadi
Family Medicine
years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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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