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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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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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What does it mean when liver enzymes are slightly elevated in a 5 yr old who had a virus 3 weeks ago? Is that normal for that to happen?

What does it mean when liver enzymes are slightly elevated in a 5 yr old who had a virus 3 weeks ago? Is that normal for that to happen?

Viral infections: Viruses like ebv and CMV are notorious for minimal elevations in liver enzymes. Different story if physician concerned for hepatitis with large increases in liver enzymes. ...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?

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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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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Can having elevated liver enzymes mean that i'm dying?

Can having elevated liver enzymes mean that i'm dying?

Not necessarily: Elevated liver enzymes can be due to many reasons, the common ones are alcohol, hepatitis with viruses, side effect of drugs, circulatory issues etc. See this site for info and discuss the matter with the doctor who ordered the test. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/elevated-liver-enzymes/my00508. ...Read more

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What does having elevated liver enzymes in a child usually mean?

What does having elevated liver enzymes in a child usually mean?

Irritation vs error: A first thought is to make sure the standards being applied to the lab are those for kids in the age group & not adults. Growing kids will have enzyme numbers that are different from adult. If valid for the kids age range, the enzyme numbers usually reflect irritation of the liver cells. This can be stress from a toxic exposure, an infection or metabolic disease. ...Read more

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Elevated liver enzymes. What can cause this and what does it mean?

Many causes.: Hepatitis, cancer, medicines, some hereditary conditions to name a few. However, it definitely needs follow-up. You need to see an internist for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when the doctor says your liver enzymes elevated?

Possible damage: Liver enzymes are found in the blood. When they go up, it generally means that there is some sort of stress or damage to the liver. It may be trivial or serious. There is a very wide range of enzyme levels between "normal" and "worrisome". The important thing is to follow the enzyme levels to see if they go higher or go back down. Talk to your doctor since there are many possible causes. ...Read more

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Having elevated liver enzymes of (790.5) (R74.8) does this mean I have cirrhosis?

More info needed: Abnormal liver enzymes can have several causes, among them alcohol use, medications and hepatitis. A diagnosis of cirrhosis can not be made with only this information. ...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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What does elevated liver enzymes mean if I have gallstones?

What does elevated liver enzymes mean if I have gallstones?

Depends: I do not know which liver functions are elevated. Sometimes gallstones can cause elevated liver tests. Stones in the bule duct can cause yellow jaundice. Sometimes the liver tests are elevated from fatty liver or medications or a viral illness & not related to gallstones. Your doctor needs to review the results with you. ...Read more

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What can elevated liver enzymes mean in a newborn besides liver disease?

Elevated liverenzyme: For liver enzymes to get elevated you need to have inflamation in the liver, so anything that does that can increase the liver enzymes including infections, congenital abnormalities. You should talk to the newborn's pediatrician for a clearer answer, as he/she will know ur newborn better.. ...Read more

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Blood test results showed elevated liver enzymes and elevated kidney function. What does this mean?

Blood test results showed elevated liver enzymes and elevated kidney function. What does this mean?

Need for evaluation: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking a history, physical examination, looking at the actual lab results and may be additional studies. Lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is in the best position to do that. ...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

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