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What Causes Ammonia Levels To Rise In Humans
Variable half life: methadone has a variable half life from person to person and in and individual. A patient may ave different metabolic rates from time to time due to other medications or a nebulous metabolic change. This can make methadone dangerous as the level may increase with out increasing the dose and possibly be high enough to cause an overdose. ...Read more
Pituitary hormone: Prolactin is a hormone normally made by the pituitary gland during pregnancy and after delivery to cause breast milk production. Other causes for high prolactin include: pituitary tumors (usually benign), certain medications, narcotics. Mild elevations are sometimes seen related to the stress of blood drawing. ...Read more
Diet & exercise: Moderate exercise (about 30 minutes 5 times a week) reduces LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol. Smoking can lower HDL levels, so stop smoking if you do. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein. Include monounsaturated fats in your diet- olive oil/canola oil. Moderate consumption of alcohol may also positively impact HDL levels. 1 glass of wine a day. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What causes the abnormal protein in cryofibrinogenemia to develop, and what causes the levels to fluctuate?
Elevated prolactin: Besides certain medications, an elevated prolactin can be caused by pregnancy, nursing, liver disease, kidney disease and hypothyroidism. Also seen with significant nipple stimulation (sex, jogging). And then of course pituitary tumors. A pituitary tumor usually causes a significant elevation (>100). These tumors can be very small. Mild elevations of prolactin may not need treatment. ...Read more
Lots of causes: Elevated CPK indicates muscle damage and can be resolving or ongoing. There are many causes of this, but the main issue is that it can lead to kidney failure since the muscle breakdown proteins aren't filtered well by the kidneys. Also, ongoing muscle damage can lead to compartment syndrome, a surgical emergency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing: I take it that your blood ammonia level was measured and your level fell below the "reference range". A high ammonia, especially if very high, tends to mean trouble. However, a low level just means you are even lower than most healthy folks. "treat the patient, not the numbers." best wishes. ...Read more
Other diseases: If you ask me what causes low o2 in a perfectly normal and healthy elderly it makes a difference. There is an alveolar to arterial ratio that changes with age, and o2 is lower in elderly by this notion alone but no to point of hypoxia. There is such thing as senile emphysema by age alone, with the changes like that of the skin. See the compressibility of finger as the machine could restrict pulse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various: Hi. Pituitary tumors are the most common in the pathological setting. Pregnancy increases PRL physiologically, leading to lactation after delivery. You appear to know the medication issue. Also a condition called macroprolactinemia ("big prolactin") exists that is inconsequential and doesn't cause problems or need treatment. ...Read more
During a kidney stone attack, glucose went up to 126 (normally 70-80). Could that rise in glucose affect phosphorus levels which dipped to 2.1?
What causes an elevated rise in LH levels after ovulation? And what are the problems this can cause? I'm 28yo
LH surge causes ovul: Actually it is a surge in the LH levels that cause ovulation. This surge is due to other hormones being present in your system. There are number of problems that might cause an interference with an LH surge like Poly cystic Ovarian disease, Ovarian Failure, high prolactin levels. If you are having ovulation problems or symptoms of no periods then please speak to your doctor for a checkup. ...Read more
Need More tests: A single blood sample may not accurately reflect cortisol levels as peak values may have occurred at a different point during the daily cycle, producing a normal blood sample when cortisol levels are actually elevated. The elevation would be detected, however, by 24-hour urine cortisol levels. High urine cortisol can be caused by cushing's, lung cancer, adrenal tumors. ...Read more
Lots of things: This can be fine for a growing child or teen, an older person with subclinical paget's (extremely common), or even someone who's non-fasting and just happens to raise the intestinal alk phos on eating. It's also normal for late pregnancy or if you have a healing fracture (you might not even know about, say, a foot stress fracture.). ...Read more
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