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Doctor insights on: What Does It Mean If Your Liver Enzymes Are High

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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 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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What does it mean when they say your liver enzymes are high?

What does it mean when they say your liver enzymes are high?

Abnormal: Liver enzymes are found in the liver cells. If the cells are injured, the enzymes leak into the blood and the blood level increases. This can mean there is injury to the liver (hepatitis). These enzymes are also found in muscle, so heavy exercise (body builders) can have elevated levels as well. If your enzymes are elevated, it is abnormal and further testing should be done. See your doctor. ...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 does it mean when your dr tells you that your liver enzymes are high?

Liver inflammation..: Liver enzyme elevation usually is a sign your liver is inflamed or irritated. There are many potential causes the most common of which is fatty liver disease. Fatty liver may herald more serious problems like Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Weight loss is effective at melting the fat away and normalizing liver enzymes. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does it mean if my white cells are low and my liver enzymes are high. I have had hep c for 14 yrs?

Need context: We need the context of why these labs were done, as well as any symptoms (and other labs/baseline labs) before we can even begin to make an educated guess as to what these numbers mean. ...Read more

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What do high liver enzymes mean?

What do high liver enzymes mean?

Depends . . .: It depends upon which liver enzymes were elevated. High bilirubin suggests blockage or obstruction of the biliary tract. High alt & ast suggest fatty liver or excess alcohol consumption. High protein may be multiple myeloma. Toxic amounts of Acetaminophen (tylenol) can also elevate liver enzymes. Ask physician who ordered test for his/her interpretation & what to do next (possibly ultrasound). ...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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Can you please just explain to me what it means to have high liver enzymes?

Function compromised: The liver metabolized hundreds of metabolites in the body. If the liver is over-burdened, poisoned, infected, or replaced by tumor, it can result in elevation of liver enzymes (sgot, sgpt, alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin). Something as simple as have 3 glasses of wine can cause elevation, but a hepatitis a is much more serious. The cause of elevation needs to be identified. ...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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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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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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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 do you advise if doctor said my liver enzymes is a little high, what does mean?

Liver enzymes: Many causes for this, ranging from recent exercise to cancer. Details of which enzymes, time course, other lab and even biopsy findings may be needed. ...Read more

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I was told that my liver enzymes where too high, the blood count is 2136000, and my bilirubin count is 7.5. What does it all mean?

I was told that my liver enzymes where too high, the blood count is 2136000, and my bilirubin count is 7.5. What does it all mean?

Serious liver : Disease. This issue is not suitable for a 400 character answer. Please see your doctor for proper evaluation through history, physical examintion, imaging, lab tests and may be trial of treatment. ...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