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What does having elevated liver enzymes in a child usually mean?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Irritation vs error

A first thought is to make sure the standards being applied to the lab are those for kids in the age group & not adults.
Growing kids will have enzyme numbers that are different from adult. If valid for the kids age range, the enzyme numbers usually reflect irritation of the liver cells. This can be stress from a toxic exposure, an infection or metabolic disease.

In brief: Irritation vs error

A first thought is to make sure the standards being applied to the lab are those for kids in the age group & not adults.
Growing kids will have enzyme numbers that are different from adult. If valid for the kids age range, the enzyme numbers usually reflect irritation of the liver cells. This can be stress from a toxic exposure, an infection or metabolic disease.
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