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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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 liver enzymes have been running about 120. My doctor is considering sending me to a GI specialist what causes liver enzymes to run high?

My liver enzymes have been running about 120. My doctor is considering sending me to a GI specialist  what causes liver enzymes to run high?

Which enzymes: There are several different liver enzymes. From your post i can't tell which ones are elevated. However, there are many reasons for liver enzymes to go up. Some of the causes can be from infections, drugs (legal and illegal), cancer, alcohol use, etc. If your doctor recommends seeing a liver specialist, you should schedule an appointment with one. ...Read more

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What caused liver enzyme sgot n sgpt went high? I don't drink. I only take supplements n protein for weight training purpose. Can u help me on this?

What caused liver enzyme sgot n sgpt went high? I don't drink. I only take supplements n protein for weight training purpose. Can u help me on this?

Need a workup: Most often nowadays, if you're taking no medications or alcohol, the first entity to consider is non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, which is largely genetic and for which physical fitness is a key to management. You may need to be checked for hepatitis B and C, Wilson's, hemochromatosis, and autoimmune hepatitis. Supplements may not be what's on the label. Good luck with the workup. ...Read more

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I have high copper and liver enzymes. I'm on the pill, and have hashimoto's disease. What could cause my copper levels and liver enzymes to be high?

I have high copper and liver enzymes. I'm on the pill, and have hashimoto's disease. What could cause my copper levels and liver enzymes to be high?

Ceruloplasmin: The oral contraceptive pill itself raises serum ceruloplasmin and thus copper. In the 1970's we used to be able to tell blood from women on "the pill" because of the copper-blue tinge to the pasma. Your liver enzymes -- i can't address it. ...Read more

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What causes liver enzymes to be elevated in fatty liver?

What causes liver enzymes to be elevated in fatty liver?

Damage to liver: Microvesicular fatty infiltration of hepatocytes (liver cells) is directly toxic to the liver. When liver cells are damaged or destroyed, they release their enzymes (ast, alt) into the bloodstream. ...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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Is there such thing as innocent causes for high liver enzymes (alt)?

Is there such thing as innocent causes for high liver enzymes (alt)?

ALT: ALT=alanine aminotransferase, previously known as SGPT is used as a marker of liver damage, but is present in low amounts in normal individuals. Sources other than liver also exist. Elevations above the normal range are found in some "innocent" cases depending on population studied, drugs that may be in use, etc. Occasionally, exercise can transiently increase levels, for example. ...Read more

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What can cause extremely high liver enzymes?

What can cause extremely high liver enzymes?

Many causes: Usually some form of acute hepatitis or liver injury. Common causes are viruses, medications and fulminant hepatitis, a serious condition that can require liver transplant. ...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