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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. ...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 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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My liver enzymes are high, could it be the antidepressants I am using? I am on effexor, 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, 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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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


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