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Why Do I Have High Liver Enzymes
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
Liver injury from an: Anything that damages the liver can cause abnormal liver functions.Besides viral hepatitis, excessive alcohol use can cause hepatitis...So can many different drugs like the statins used to lower cholestetrol.Then there are rare diseases like excessof iron storage from hemochromatosis and some enzyme deficiencies ...Read more
Don't Rx a lab: Elevated liver enzymes are a warning of life-threatening disease that must be ruled out. If you're drinking a lot, it may be your warning to stop. You may be taking a medication that's wrong for you. You may have smoldering hepatitis B / C / hemochromatosis / Wilson's / autoimmune hepatitis and Rx will save your life. You may just need to exercise more. ...Read more
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
I have gilbert syndrome but my other liver function levels are ok. Do I have to avoid taking ecstasy?
Please rephrase: Your question makes no sense in its present form. We would all like to help. ...Read more
See Dr & get U/S : Ultrasound rapidly identifies most persons with gallstones. Ct or functional imaging (hida / mrcp) can id others. Some people retain 'sludge' in their gb, and this eventually starts crystalizing / stone formation. Concern being obstruction of outflow / infection / pain. Ask your dr or a surgeon. ...Read more
Hi I have elevated ALT 96 and GGT 68... AST and everything else is normal... I do not drink and smoke occasionally. Do I need to worry?
How high is high?: Review your results w/your family doc or whoever ordered your tests. If you're overweight/obese or are apple-shaped w/waist greater than 35" in women & 40" in men, fatty liver could explain high ALT. Excess alcohol could too. And acetaminophen (Tylenol). If it's really high, greater than 3x upper limit of normal, then perhaps viral infection. Figure out & treat high ALT then focus on cholesterol. ...Read more
Work it up: If they stay down when you're off all meds, the cause may simply be sensitive to something as simple as iboprofen. I trust you're not abusing alcohol -- that's dangerous and not much fun really. You may get checked for Wilson's, hepatitis B & C, autoimmune hepatitis, and hemochromatosis. This may just be your body's way of asking for more exercise. ...Read more
Depends: It's rare that a doc can recommend meds for an asymptomatic patient in good conscience, but dpeending on your other conditions and your overall heart risk, you may be a candidate for a cholesterol med like Lipitor (atorvastatin) or Crestor (statins) which decreases both the cholesterol level itself and the marker of inflammation (the esr). Nothing's free, financially or otherwise so work with your doc to choose. ...Read more
I am 18 years old and have been having very high liver enzymes and abnormal blood chemistry. I already have loads of anxiety so do you think i'll die?
You need help...: Unfortunately, you haven't told us how high or which liver enzymes are involved, or for what duration, nor what liver disease you may have. We're happy to help, but need more information. Your anxiety is appropriate, but you should address your concerns to your personal physician(s) who is(are) treating you & know you best. Of course, please avoid alcohol & other liver toxic agents. Good luck. ...Read more
See your doctor.: Reduce your total cholesterol level. Reach a healthy weight. If you need to lose weight, be sure to do so slowly (no more than 1 to 2 pounds a week).Quick weight loss from crash diets, surgery, or medicine increases inflammation and scarring in your liver. Control diabetes and metabolic syndrome Stop or cut back on drinking alcohol. Exercise regularly. See your PCP for a plan for the above. ...Read more
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