What Does High Liver Enzymes Mean?


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Joe Gilbert Profile
Joe Gilbert answered
Having high liver enzymes can mean many things including problems caused by excessive alcohol consumption and obesity. It is often discovered during tests for different reasons and would usually require further testing to determine the cause.

High liver enzymes are not necessarily something to worry drastically about before the root cause has been determined. It can be triggered by easily treated issues such as stress, infection, gallstones or taking certain medication. Tests such as Liver Function Tests (or LFTs) will be carried out once high liver enzymes have been suspected to get to the bottom of the cause. Questions will be asked regarding any kind of medication the patient may be taking (including herbal substances or natural remedies) as well as details of how much alcohol or drugs are consumed on a weekly basis. These questions will all help doctors to determine the cause.

In addition to those mentioned other possible causes include:

- Diabetes
- Hepatitis
- Tumours
- Cancer
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis (a type of liver disease)

Most of the latter causes will be accompanied by other symptoms such as dizziness, increased appetite, weight loss or gain, blurred vision and pain. There I no one prevalent cause of high liver enzymes and so further investigation is always recommended, treatment will depend on the cause of the problem.
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ray of light answered
The liver produces many enzymes which are present inside the lever. They are released when ever needed. The presence of these enzymes in higher amount indicate some damage to liver. The damage to liver cells will leak these enzymes in to the blood. These levels should be controlled before complications. The alcohol drinking can be one cause as your blood is showing alcohol. The dizziness is due to alcoholism. The sinus infection might be due to bacterial or viral infection. Visit a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
Roger Macario Profile
Roger Macario answered

High enzymes in liver leads to the damage of the cells or there is inflammation in liver. Several diseases occurs from high enzyme levels,there are alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase . ALT is an enzyme found in liver that helps  body metabolize protein,  normally these levels are low and when if these levels increase it leads to damage in liver. AST is an enzyme that helps with the metabolism of alanine, an amino acid,this  is normally found in high concentrations but an increase in these  levels may also indicate liver damage or disease.

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