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Will blood tests show liver damage with narcotic addiction?

Will blood tests show liver damage with narcotic addiction?

Depends on chemical: It depends on the chemical and adulterants in the chemical that are being consumed. Often it may not be the chemical itself but other issues related to addiction, e.G, hepatitis, nutritional deficiencies, and concomitant alcohol abuse that may cause liver abnormalities. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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How would blood tests show liver damage from obesity?

How would blood tests show liver damage from obesity?

AST/ALT: Obesity can contribute to a fatty liver, which in and of itself is not necessarily damaging unless you see elevations of the liver enzymes, AST and ALT particularly. Steatohepatitis as it's called can lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Which blood tests can show liver damage?

Which blood tests can show liver damage?

A panel: Liver has a large number of functions, some tests show liver damage and others assess liver function: the short names of some of the tests are: alt, ast, ggt, alk phase, biirubin-direct and total, albumin, inr, Alpha feto protein. A panel of testing for hepatitis is also available. Additional tests are done depending on the results of the initial panel and suspected diagnosis. ...Read more

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If accutane were to cause liver damage, after getting blood tests regularly, would it be reversible? Would it be life-threateningly damaged?

If accutane were to cause liver damage, after getting blood tests regularly, would it be reversible? Would it be life-threateningly damaged?

God only knows: In general, you use a medicine for the minimum time necessary. Ask yourself and the prescribing doc what is the hoped for benefit weighed against the risk. Then you make a decision based on that information. ...Read more

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I use to have cirrhosis, been sober 3 years, blood tests show liver function excellent, want to know liver status?

I use to have cirrhosis, been sober 3 years, blood tests show liver function excellent, want to know liver status?

You saved your life: If your cirrhosis was not biopsy-proven, you may just have had alcoholic hepatitis or bad fatty change. If it was proven on imaging, you will always have some scarring but it does regress after you sober up. Once you stop drinking, the liver enzymes ("function tests") normalize fast whether or not the scar regresses. Stay sober and cherish each day -- you may live a normal life. ...Read more

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What to do if I have cirrhosis, been sober 3 years, blood tests show liver function excellent, want to know liver status?

What to do if I have cirrhosis, been sober 3 years, blood tests show liver function excellent, want to know liver status?

How do you FEEL?: Congratulations on your sobriety. I hope you are as pleased as the people who have loved you along your journey through life. With good labs, the best way to know your liver status, really and truly, is how you feel. If you'd continued to drink, or you'd relapsed, your alcoholic cirrhosis is as lethal as most untreated cancers. Treat the cause & cirrhoses stabilizes & even regresses. Be proud. ...Read more

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Does liver damage show up in a blood test all the time?

Does liver damage show up in a blood test all the time?

No : It can be silent...Especially during times of quiescent inflammation...Or even in the advanced stages of cirrhosis. But it's a reasonable screening test. ...Read more

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Blood tests show abnormal liver function, normal ultrasounds, feeling fine, non drinker, abnormal for over 20 years.

Blood tests show abnormal liver function, normal ultrasounds, feeling fine, non drinker, abnormal for over 20 years.

Elevated LFT's: Elevated Liver function tests may occur for a variety of issues from Fatty infiltration (hepatic steatosis), viral illnesses such as the hepatitis viruses, Alcoholism, increased use of medications that metabolize through the liver (statins, Acetaminophen, etc.), cirrhosis, biliary disease, tumors, gallbladder disease, etc, etc. Get an evaluation for the most likely cause of your LFT elevations. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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


Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more