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

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

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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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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Is it ok to drink wine if you have slightly elevated liver enzymes?

Is it ok to drink wine if you have slightly elevated liver enzymes?

First find out why: Your liver enzymes are elevated. Alcohol intake is a common cause of elevated liver enzymes. Also avoid acetaminophen/tylenol. ...Read more

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Why do I have slightly elevated liver enzymes at times and not other times? Docs have looked for hep. And many other things. Going on 10 years.

Elevated LFTs: Without more details, it is hard to say. Levels that are no more than twice normal yield a different list of possibilities than if they are , say, 10x normal. Low elevations may be due to medications and/or supplements you take, metabolic conditions, or a long list of other causes. Inherited disorders are also possible. Consult a hepatologist. ...Read more

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Can a UTI cause slightly elevated liver enzymes?

Yes: With any infection, you can get dehydrated ; will have an inflammatory reaction. Dehydration can raise liver enzymes to a small extent. In addition, liver enzymes are involved in the inflammatory reaction so they will go up too. After the infection is resolved, the liver enzymes should go back down within a few days. If you are back to your "normal self" ; the enzymes are still high, see your dr. ...Read more

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How safe is Lipitor (atorvastatin) for heart patients with slightly elevated liver enzymes?

How safe is Lipitor (atorvastatin) for heart patients with slightly elevated liver enzymes?

Usually Very Safe: Your slightly elevated liver enzymes should be evaluated by your physician. If no significant problem is found it is safe to take lipitor (atorvastatin). Monitoring liver enzymes is frequently done on a periodic basis. Small elevations of liver enzymes over baseline on Lipitor (atorvastatin) is not an indication of liver damage and can be safely followed. ...Read more

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Right ab pain extends 2 back & ribs at times. Intermittent but daily for weeks. Clear CT scan & colonoscopy. Slightly elevated liver enzymes. ?

Right ab pain extends 2 back & ribs at times. Intermittent but daily for weeks. Clear CT scan & colonoscopy. Slightly elevated liver enzymes. ?

Ultrasound: If you are having pain in the right upper abdomen that goes to the back and elevated liver enzymes, the best test to have is an ultrasound to evaluate for gallbladder disease. Colonoscopy will not see it and ct will miss many. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are elevated liver enzymes?

What are elevated liver enzymes?

Depends: Elevated liver enzymes can be due to a number of causes. Without knowing more information, it is difficult to answer. However, depending on the degree of elevation and the type of "liver enzymes" that are elevated, it can be due to fatty liver disease (very common now a days) or inflammation from other causes. Discuss with your pcp or a liver specialist what the next steps are. ...Read more

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What causes "elevated liver enzymes"?

Too Many: There are simply a multitude of causes that can cause "elevated liver enzymes". Seek professional advice from a gastroenterologist or "liver specialist". ...Read more

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What can cause elevated liver enzymes?

What can cause elevated liver enzymes?

Liver insult : Anything that can insult the liver and injure the liver cells , can cause elevated liver functions - viral illness such as Hepatitis A , B , C , mononucleosis , CMV - gall bladder disease - Sny non specific Vial illness - GB t ...Read more

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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