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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 will happen if my liver enzymes are too high?

What will happen if my liver enzymes are too high?

Possib. Liver injury: Depending on which enzymes are elevated, and the degree of elevation, high liver enzymes can signal different health conditions ranging from alcohol-induced injury to viral hepatitis to fibrosis to cirrhosis or even liver cancer. Because of the variable causes of liver enzyme elevation, it is important to consult a physician as to the specific cause and the specific treatment regimen indicated.

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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.

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My liver enzymes are high. At what level does it become serious?

Depends: It depends on the underlying cause of the liver enzyme elevations. The most common cause these days is a one to five fold increase in liver enzymes due to fatty liver disease, however other causes like alcohol, autoimmune disease, hepatitis, etc can cause elevations. See a hepatologist to determine the cause. If your enzymes are over 500, it is concerning, depending on other factors and lab values.

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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!

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What will liver doctors do if your liver enzymes are high?

What will liver doctors do if your liver enzymes are high?

Find cause/Treat the: Doctor will find out the cause which is usually some form of hepatitis either due to virus infection of the liver or due to excessive alcohol drinking.

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What can a Gi Doc. Do if your liver enzymes are high?

What can a Gi Doc. Do if your liver enzymes are high?

Investigate.: A GI doctor can help us to investigate the cause of these liver enzyme abnormalities through directed blood testing, imaging and procedures.

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My liver enzymes are high. An ultrasound was clear. Now I have to go to a GI. What can I expect and what could be causing this?

My liver enzymes are high. An ultrasound was clear. Now I have to go to a GI. What can I expect and what could be causing this?

Many causes: There are many reasons your liver enzymes can be high. If it was a one time test, lab error is possible. Some people have a benign disorder where liver enzymes are elevated due to a genetic disposition, and if this is the only symptom nothing more needs to be done. A blood test will tell. Many viral infections can cause elevated liver enzymes, again, blood tests can given an answer to this.

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Why is my doctor doing a sonogram of my kidney if my liver enzymes are high?

Why is my doctor doing a sonogram of my kidney if my liver enzymes are high?

Complex: You may also have kidney chemistry abnormalities. Some cystic diseases have cysts in the liver and kidney.

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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.

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My 2 1/2 year old son has a fever of 101 for more than a week. Liver enzymes are high. Any clue what the cause is.

My 2 1/2 year old son has a fever of 101 for more than a week. Liver enzymes are high. Any clue what the cause is.

Most likely...: ...Infectious mono, but other possibilities exist. Your doctor should observe closely and test as needed.

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I drink. After blood tests, the nurse called to say that my liver enzymes are high and my blood is extremely thin. Not on any blood thinners. Meaning?

I drink. After blood tests, the nurse called to say that my liver enzymes are high and my blood is extremely thin. Not on any blood thinners. Meaning?

The alcohol is: Affecting your clotting times and is damaging your liver. It's really time to stop, or you may develop cirrhosis and die from liver failure.

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Does anyone have loose stool when liver enzymes are high?

Does anyone have loose stool when liver enzymes are high?

High liver enzyme: Although loose stool can be a non-specific symptom due to various condition such as certain food, lactose intolerance, etc., elevated liver enzyme probably should be evaluated. Particular, in someone who has elevated liver enzyme and chronic loose bowel movement, one always has to consider a condition such as ulcerative colitis. I would make sure that you review your condition with your doctor.

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My liver enzymes are high, could it be the antidepressants I am using? I am on effexor, (venlafaxine) what do I do if that is what's causing it?

My liver enzymes are high, could it be the antidepressants I am using? I am on effexor, (venlafaxine) what do I do if that is what's causing it?

Unlikely: Typically antidepressants do not cause elevated liver enzymes or liver disease. It may be another medication like a mood stabilizer, or alcohol abuse, or a viral infection like hepatitis. You should discuss with your pcp.

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Liver enzymes are high alt/sgpt is at 107 u/l and ast/sgot os at 37 u/l and alk phos is at 29 u/l and mono% is 11.8% and neut% is 41.2%. What's wrong?

Liver enzymes are high alt/sgpt is at 107 u/l and ast/sgot os at 37 u/l and alk phos is at 29 u/l and mono% is 11.8% and neut% is 41.2%. What's wrong?

Get a workup: Your physician may have you stop alcohol & meds & repeat; if normal it's your warning. Otherwise a check for hepatitis b & c, hemochromatosis, wilson's, autoimmune hepatitis, and a1at deficiency may be in order; all but the last are very treatable but likely to kill if ignored. If all normal, maybe a fitness lifestyle focus is in your future to your benefit. Cell %'s are worthless viewed alone.

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My liver enzymes are high from my lab work this morning. AST 51, ALT 216 and Alca... 211. Gallbladder/lots of gravel like stones removed 4 days ago. Should I be concerned?!

My liver enzymes are high from my lab work this morning. AST 51, ALT 216 and Alca... 211. Gallbladder/lots of gravel like stones removed 4 days ago. Should I be concerned?!

Not yet: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your should wait about three months to repeat the tests. If you drink alcohol, quit entirely. If you are overweight, lose weight. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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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.

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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.

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