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Doctor insights on: What Is A High Liver Enzyme Count Number

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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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Is high liver enzyme count something that turns out to be not too serious? Ultrasound tomorrow. What may he check for???

Is high liver enzyme count something that turns out to be not too serious? Ultrasound tomorrow. What may he check for???

Depends on what lab: Routine liver function tests usually include: bilirubin, ALT and AST (transaminases), alkaline phosphatase. The concern level increases as the number and levels of these enzymes increase. An ultrasound will only look at the structure of the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts. It may look for gallstones or blockage of bile ducts, or liver masses, fat or scarring. Other blood tests may follow ...Read more

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Lymph nodes in armpit very swollen- 2 months. Chest hurts. Sore throat. Always sleeping. Low WBC. High liver enzyme count. High iron count. Help?

Lymph nodes in armpit very swollen- 2 months. Chest hurts. Sore throat. Always sleeping. Low WBC. High liver enzyme count. High iron count. Help?

Continue workup: Your physician will continue the work up to figure out what is going. S/he has the advantage of knowing much more about onset and relationships between the various symptoms and findings, your age and risk factors, etc. I suspect some imaging (ct scan or PET scan) will be done soon and possibly even biopsy. Do not delay in getting any of the tests done. ...Read more

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What cause high liver enzyme activity?

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. ...Read more

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Unknown cause for high liver enzyme. What tests must be done?

Need evaluation: Before choosing lab tests, it would be prudent to take a detailed history, and conduct physical examination. It would be prudent to leave the choice of tests to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have elevated liver enzyme levels and was on Dioycycline for 5 months (from Nov. 2016 - March, 2017). They have come down but are still high. Do y?

I have elevated liver enzyme levels and was on Dioycycline for 5 months (from Nov. 2016 - March, 2017). They have come down but are still high. Do y?

Give us the results: If you can send us the present results of your liver Function tests (LFTs) we can be more helpful to you. Most often the liver enzymes will normalize if the offending agent has been removed from your body. ...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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Could high liver enzyme cause nausea?

Could high liver enzyme cause nausea?

See your doctor: It can cause nausea. Depends on the cause of the liver enzymes elevation. If you are having nausea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain, you should go see your doctor or go to er. ...Read more

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Is an elevated liver enzyme dangerous?

Is an elevated liver enzyme dangerous?

May be: Depends on the test and the level. Certainly it warrants some kind of explanation...Not to be blown off imho. ...Read more

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I was wondering what would cause liver enzyme to get elevated?

I was wondering what would cause liver enzyme to get elevated?

There are many cause: Many things can cause this. Some are harmless, others are dangerous. Alcohol and many medicines (especial tylenol) can do this. Many infections can do this, some short lasting and some long lasting. Structural abnormalities in the liver can do this. Some autoimmune or inflammatory disease can do this. Sometimes no reason can be found, but it is important to try to identify the cause. ...Read more

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If one liver enzyme is normal, and 1 is evidently "slightly" elevated. Is there any health concern?

Probably not: Not all people with a single, isolated, mildly elevated liver enzyme value have underlying liver disease, nor do they require an extensive evaluation. Just follow up. ...Read more

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How worried should I be about abnormal liver enzyme and high ferritin?

How worried should I be about abnormal liver enzyme and high ferritin?

Moderately: You should have a full liver workup. Could be from many causes, but you need to rule out hemochromatosis, a genetically transmitted diseasae. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high AST & ALT liver enzyme results?

What to do if I have high AST & ALT liver enzyme results?

Depends on cause: If you drink alcohol, stop completely and entirely. Other causes of elevated liver enzymes are hepatitis, drug reactions, heart failure and auto-immune disorders. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Can diabetes cause your liver enzyme to be elevated?

Yes: 1. Poor control causes abnormal lipid/cholesterol pattern
2. Diabetes associated with genetic abnormalities in cholesterol

combination increase risk of fatty liver, hepatitis, even liver failure

must treat diabetes and cholesterol agresssively and it can all be prevented. ...Read more

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I am male 41 years, for 5 years I've found elevated liver enzyme sgpt only till now it's between 80-100?

Insignificant: If your SGPT has been elvated and other liver function tests, viral studies and ultrasound exam of the liver are normal, then this is most likey insignificant abnormality of liver enzyme. Alcohol and prescription drugs are a common cause of liver enzymes elevation. ...Read more

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I'm scheduled for an ultrasound tomorow on high liver enzyme what are some? U recommend I ask?

I'm scheduled for an ultrasound tomorow on high liver enzyme what are some? U recommend I ask?

Good idea: Ultrasound will pick up whether the liver is fatty; if so, we'll want to consider alcohol, metabolic syndrome (a fitness program might be a great idea) or something similar; regardless, expect to be checked for wilson's, hemochromatosis, the viral hepatitis family, autoimmune hepatitis, and medication effect. These are all deadly if missed, but treatable if caught. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could AST and alt (liver enzyme) be as high as the 200s because of a over worked inflamed muscle?

Liver enzymes: Ast and alt are released when the liver cells (hepatocytes) become injured. Usual physical activity with muscle soreness would be very unlikely to be associated with liver injury. However, many common medications, including Acetaminophen (tylenol) can cause liver cell injury. ...Read more

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What would cause elevated liver enzyme and dilated cbs?

Several things: Stones in the bile duct when they come out of the gallbladder, sometimes obstruction from different things. Depending on your symptoms- pain, fever, how high the enzymes are- you need ultrasound or other tests. ...Read more

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Recently blood work showed an elevated liver enzyme. What may cause this?

Some liver disorder: Hepatitis from any cause can elevate your liver enzymes. Common causes include excessive alcohol use (drinking heavy) or a viral hepatitis like hepatitis-b or hepatitis-c. Your doctor can run further tests to find the cause and advise you about treatment as most forms of hepatitis can be preveted or treated. ...Read more

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What natural therapies can reduce my elevated liver enzyme ALT (sgpt) level?

Don't mess w/ liver: There are 2 kinds of liver enzyme abnormalities--that signal disease of the liver cells or of the bile ducts.Abnormal liver tests may reflect fatty liver, too much alcohol, toxic exposure, occupational exposures, lot's of viral infections, metabolic problems, familial liver diseases, problems with gallbladder, bile ducts, & pancreas. What are you treating with "natural therapy"? Best to find out! ...Read more

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Should I be worried if only one of my liver enzyme tests came back elevated? They never told me which one just to quit drinking and retest in a month?

Liver: Yes. All elevated liver enzymes can mean danger. There is no medication to improve the liver. It has to heal on it's own. Thus when there is liver inflammation one must cut out the toxic things that are possible reasons for the liver trouble. It is not to be ignored. ...Read more

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Other than elevated liver enzyme levels, what other blood tests diagnose cholestasis?

Nothing: By definition it is a diagnosis of abnl blood work. That being said cholestatic changes can be seen with a liver biopsy. ...Read more

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My liver enzyme level is elevated and I am scheduled for an ultrasound. Should I be concerned?

My liver enzyme level is elevated and I am scheduled for an ultrasound. Should I be concerned?

Not specifically: It is very good that you ate following up on your blood tests. I do not know which blood tests are elevated. An ultrasound can look at both your liver and gallbladder. Sometimes blood tests to check for hepatitis exposure is indicated. Some medications can also affect the liver & your doctor may change them if indicated. Not to worry about, but good to have checked. ...Read more

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Liver enzyme level ALT 54 (slightly elevated). What levels do they reach if a person has hepatitis a, b and c?

Really Variable: In general, with chronic hepatitis c the levels can fluctuate between normal and usually not >300-400. Acute HAV and hbv can have levels in the 1, 000s. Chronic hbv can settle with levels similar to that in hcv. Hav does not cause chronic disease. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has an elevated liver enzyme count related to alcohol. His levels were at about 120 for both. What level does cirrhosis occur.

My boyfriend has an elevated liver enzyme count related to alcohol. His levels were at about 120 for both. What level does cirrhosis occur.

Forgive me: Let me be frank. Your boyfriend is drinking heavily enough to put his health at grave danger. His liver may or may not go bad and it takes a long time. But other aspects of his life will go bad from alcohol. I guarantee it. If he cares about you, he will stop now. If he continues, recognize he is not the right guy for you. Be brave and best wishes. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with liver enzyme elevated/abnormal blood chemistry and blood work to be done in december. I forgot, is it ok to do in january? I'm 18.

Yes: If the cause of the elevation of liver function tests is chronic, it would not be changed in a month. On the other hand, if it was an acute change, it may have resolved by now, or if serious, you would have been sicker by now. Nevertheless, if you had significant abnormalities in your liver tests, then you should definitely have it repeated to see if it is getting better or worse. ...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