High Liver Count

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Have you continued leading with the buzzing, whistling and humming sounds of tinnitus for years? Have you seen your doctor, only to be informed that your tinnitus was lead to by damage to the sensitive portions of the cochlea, and there is no cure, and alone limited treatments available? Tinnitus Kidney

There may be reason for you to look at some other causes of your tinnitus – namely some common drugs that can cause tinnitus as a side effect. About 50% of the American population is taking at least one prescription drug, many for common ailments such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression.

As is usually the case, every drug has has some type of side effect. That is, in addition to the drug performing as advertised in treating a particular ailment, that drug also causes other reactions in your body that are not desired, but tolerated in order to receive the positive benefits. Some of these medications are drugs that cause tinnitus. I’ve researched 5 common drugs taken by large segments of society that can cause tinnitus as a side effect.

* Imitrex Nasal Spray. Also known as Sumatriptan, Imitrex is a receptor subtype agonist, used in the treatment of migraine headaches. Simply put,Imitrex works by constricting blood vessels (vasoconstriction) to relieve that intense pain from a migraine headache. Imitrex may increase blood pressure – not good for tinnitus. Those with chronic vascular disease or heart conditions should be careful when using the drug. Of course, one of the side effects of Imitrex is tinnitus. Tinnitus Kidney

* Levaquin. Levaquin is in a class of drugs called quinolones and is usually prescribed to treat serious cases of bacterial infections of the lungs, skin and urinary tract. One of the major side effects of Levaquin is the rupture and injury of tendons – mainly in the elderly. Phototoxicity (sunburns and blistering sunburns) are another serious side effect. Tinnitus is another, irritating side effect of this drug.

* Lopressor. A beta blocker, used in the treatment of high blood pressure, angina (chest pain caused by blocked arteries in the heart) and heart attack. Lopressor is also used as a preventative for migraine headaches and the for treatment of anxiety. Tinnitus is a common side effect of this medicine.

* Neurontin Capsules. Neurontin is an anti-epileptic medication that is also used to treat nerve pain from the herpes virus (shingles). Neurontin is a powerful drug that can have serious side effects relating to kidney, liver and heart disease. Count tinnitus as another possible side effect of this drug.

* Pepcid. Pepcid. (Famotidine) is a histamine-2 blocker that reduces the amount of acid in the stomach. Pepcid is used to prevent and treat ulcers of the stomach and intestines. Side effects of Pepcid may impair quick thinking and reaction time. Tinnitus is high on the list of possible side effects too. Tinnitus Kidney

Of course, this is just a short list of drugs that cause tinnitus – consult with your doctor if you feel that any drugs that you’re taking now are contributing to your tinnitus. Suffering from Tinnitus and Ringing in Ear? Get your life back forever by checking out Tinnitus Kidney now.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Dog has significant weight loss and high liver count?
    Levi, a 5 year old Bernese, lost 12.5 pounds in 5 months and now has high liver count. He has loose stools but otherwise, acts normal and happy. The vet wants to run more tests. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver damage is serious business, and can be caused by many things. Because your dog is only 5, I would encourage you to authorize more diagnostics, including ultrasound and even biopsy. Cancers caught early in the liver are often surgically treatable, as well as chronic pancreatitis, diabetes, and continued exposure to toxins, which are all common causes of liver disease.

  2. QUESTION:
    High liver count in healthy teenage girl?
    Im am a teenage girl about to be 16 in a few weeks. Umm I have been having some problems with my blood pressure it has been to high for a child of my age. So i had to get blood test done and stuff and they said i had a high liver count. I am scheduled to go to Children’s hospital in a month to check things out since i have a busy summer. What could this be and why is this happening?

    • ANSWER:
      This may be occurring from having a blood
      pressure problem…which could be coming
      from a problem with the kidneys. It all
      depends which tests in the liver count are
      high. High blood pressure can be an
      inherited trait.

      No one blood test is 100% accurate, so the
      doctor there may take more than one to be
      sure that the liver enzyme count stays high
      before he treats you. If you are quite
      athletic, this may be higher if you exercised
      before your blood was taken for testing.

      However, there are different blood tests
      that show the doctor different things:
      The liver enzyme blood test gives the doctor an
      idea if there is some sort of damage to
      the liver cells or biliary area.
      The liver functions blood tests gives the doctor an idea of how the cells of the liver are able to do the functions they need to, to keep the body well.
      Then there is viral testing of the blood to see
      if a virus has entered the body and gone to
      the liver cells to use them to replicate itself.

      There are many causes of having a problem
      with the liver. The doctor has to determine
      what the cause is and see if it can be
      eliminated before he can treat you for it.
      Here are some of the causes:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, mushroom poisoning,
      hereditary problems, viral infections( like
      Hepatitis A,B,C), biliary obstruction or
      malformation, auto immune disease, fatty
      liver disease and others.

      Avoid alcohol, if you drink it. Try to take
      only medications prescribed or approved of
      by your doctor; this included those over the
      counter, herbs, vitamins, minerals, etc.
      Try to use purell or hand cleaners if you cannot
      wash your hands often…you don’t want to
      weaken yourself becoming sick with something
      else when you are not sure if this might be
      a problem with the liver. Avoid open salad/
      dessert/food bars where people cough or
      can sneeze into them.

      Best wishes to you. I hope things turn out
      well for you and that they find out what it
      truly is that is wrong and treat you for it.

  3. QUESTION:
    My dog is being treated for high liver count. Someone asked if I had given him grapes?
    I remember I had about a month ago. He ate 12 grapes at a time. Im not sure how many times I fed him grapes. What I want to know is….Could this be the cause of his liver problems? I plan on asking my vet in the morning.

    • ANSWER:
      Grapes cause kidney failure. Not liver failure. http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/raisins.asp

  4. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when my vet says my dog has a high liver count?
    Still waiting for the dr’s call back to explain more. But I’m dying to find out something out it. Is it lethal? Treatments? Thanks for any info.

    • ANSWER:
      As Loki said, it’s probably liver enzymes- and just an elevated enzyme count, alone, doesn’t necessarily mean anything. It definately requires more work-up, depending on how high. All blood work values are given a “range” instead of a set number because the values are not a constant with any individual. So, if it’s slightly up or slightly down,then your vet may just watch it, and take blood work regularly. If it’s higher than he would like, then he may order more tests to see if he can pinpoint why the enzymes are high.

      The liver is basically the bodies filter, so anything that goes IN your body goes through your liver- it’s why so many human drugs require frequent blood tests to check the liver.

      It’s too early to start worrying, though!

  5. QUESTION:
    What does a “high liver count” mean?
    I went to the doctors office 2 weeks ago because I wasn’t feeling well. Was very weak, had pain when urinating and was experiencing some lower abdominal pain. The doctor treated me for a urinary tract infection. She called me yesterday and informed me that I have a “high liver count.” I am a 21 y/o male. Rarely drink and don’t do any drugs (including marijuana). Should I be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      Call your doctor back and ask her about it. Often when you get news like this you are dumbfounded and then after you hang up the phone all the questions come to your mind. She has the answers. Talk to her.

  6. QUESTION:
    What exactly could a “high liver count” mean?
    I’ve googled this, and really couldn’t find anything specific. Needing some help please. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually, this is refering to blood testing.
      There are different blood tests that they do
      on the liver:
      (1) Liver Enzymes which show the doctor if
      there may be damage to the liver cells
      These are known as : ALT, AST, ALk PHos,
      And GGT
      (2) Liver function tests which show the doctor
      if the liver cells are doing the function well of
      keeping the body healthy.
      These are known as: Bilirubin, INR, Albumin.

      High levels means that they” suspect” that there
      may be a liver/biliary problem.
      However, no one test is 100% accurate…they
      may do more to be certain. It depends on
      which ones are elevated, how much they
      are elevated, and if they stay elevated.

      If the doctor does suspect a liver problem…
      then they may do an ultrasound, CT scan, or
      MRI to confirm what the blood tests shows.

      To look up these tests individually and see
      what they mean, just click on this link:

      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      You can also place “Liver Enzymes” or
      Liver function tests” in your search engine
      and it will bring up alot of info on these tests.

      Usually, a problem with the liver starts out from
      a specific cause: alcohol consumption,
      medication toxification, chemical exposure,
      hereditary conditions, auto immune disease,
      viral infections like Hep A,B,C…, fatty liver
      disease, metabolic problems, etc.
      If this damages the cells of the liver, the body
      immune system will respond to this and
      cause inflammation inside the liver. If the
      cause is able to be stopped and the
      inflammation is treated, the liver cells can
      heal and the condition can be reversed.
      However, if not treated and the cause cannot
      be removed…it can lead to a disease more
      serious, known as Cirrhosis of the liver which
      is a progressive disease.

      If these high levels are a problem with your
      liver, it is best to be with a gastroenterologist.

      In some people, these higher levels are normal
      for them. There are alot of things that can
      effect those tests, also. Things like exercising
      before having the blood taken or if the
      lab tech doesn’t follow the correct procedures
      in taking the blood.

      It is difficult to wait and see what really is
      occurring…

      I hope this information is of some help to you.

  7. QUESTION:
    I have high liver enzymes count?
    i take methotrexate once a week. but recently i stopped becasue my liver count was 5 times what it normaly should be. and i have been experencing stomach pain in different spots. should i tell my mom about this? and also how do they treat high live counts, cuz mine arent going down on their own. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You should definitely discuss with your mom because you will probably need to figure out a different way to deal with the problems that were being treated with methotrexate. You would probably need to be retested in another month to see if the enzymes return to normal after stopping the drug. If the enzymes are still not normal, the doc would have to determine the cause in order to know how to treat it. There is nothing you can do to affect liver enzymes other than avoiding medications that cause them to rise.

  8. QUESTION:
    can taking calcium supplements do more damage to a high iron or liver count?
    i do not ever take alcohol or drugs and have some high liver count and ultrasound showed an enlarged liver. feel great however and no evidence of a problem but need to see a gastro dr. for his advice i was told and i need to go for the colon test after age 50 i am told anyway.

    • ANSWER:
      I bet you got the beginnings of a fatty liver… You need to exercise more and lose weight…

  9. QUESTION:
    Is AST liver count 61 high for a 26 years old female?
    I went to the doctor to get a regular blood check up. When the results came back everything was normal besides my AST liver, the normal should be 10-30 U/L and my results were 61 H. I don’t drink alcohol nor do I have any sexual transmitted disease. Wat can be the reason to have it this high. I get blood work done every year, and this was the first time I got this result. What does that mean? Can someone help me please?

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Slightly High liver count?(help)?
    I’m 21 years old and my doctor got blood work back saying my liver count is slightly high. I have history of high cholestoral, but sometimes I forget to fast before tests so mabe this is why?

    It can’t be because of drinking with high liver count because I have barely been drinking.

    I have an ultrasound tuesday and bloodwork tuesday. What can I do until then to make everything good?

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  11. QUESTION:
    What happens when u have a liver count too high?
    What would happen if u don’t treat it?
    Could it lead to other problems?

    • ANSWER:
      I suspect what you are saying is that you or someone you know had a blood test that showed elevated liver enzymes? Strictly speaking, nothing is actually counted, unlike a CBC where red and white blood cells are counted, but elevated liver enzymes such as ALT, AST, LDH, etc are barometers or indicators that indicate some degree of tissue damage, but in and of themselves are not diagnostic or pathognomic of any one condition. The tissue damage could be in the liver, heart, or even the brain…so other tests are required to pinpoint the exact problem. Think of liver enzymes this way: as a broad screening test that tells the doctor that further investigation is needed. You see, Andres, when there is cellular/tissue damage, these nzymes leak out of the tissue and circulate in the blood—and the quanitity of these enzymes in the blood is what is measured.

      I hope this helps some.

  12. QUESTION:
    Pain in liver area, high liver count…..?
    i have pain exactly where my liver is. i had a biopsy 4 years ago which revealed nothing. the pain stopped for a while but over the last few months it has come back with a vengance! the pain is unbearable. i am also losing A LOT of blood in the faeces, and i don’t just mean a drop, there is an awful lot.

    went to the doctor and my bloods came back with a high liver count, but my doctor says its nothing to worry about. i have also had a colonoscopy 4 years ago which also revealed nothing. but now it has come back it’s worrying me again. and before anybody asks, i only drink minimally and don’t smoke. doctors always blame it on alchol and cigarettes but not in my case.

    I am a 45 year old male from the uk.

    any thoughts?
    also i am taking codeines and co-codamol occasionally for the pain, no other meds.

    • ANSWER:
      Though, we cannot give you a diagnoses,
      we can give you some idea of what “may”
      be happening so you have an idea.
      The liver is located in the right upper
      area of the abdomen, in front, and under
      the rib cage. The doctor can feel if
      the liver is enlarged due to inflammation
      developing there. Also located below
      the liver is the gallbladder and bile ducts.
      Bile flows from the liver and through
      these tube like structures, known as ducts,
      to be stored in the gallbladder and also
      flow to the intestines to help in the digestion
      of fats we eat. Anything that would block
      the flow of the bile in this area can cause
      pain. If it is a stone coming from the
      gallbladder or even one forming inside these
      ducts…or if the ducts are twisted or strictured…it can do this. It causes the
      bile to back up into the liver and cause
      damage to it. The one kidney is located
      behind the liver and if the pain is in the
      back area, pain could come from a stone
      forming in the ducts leading from the
      kidney going to the bladder. An infection
      in this area can also cause that pain.
      Another things is the Pancreas; as the
      bile ducts go down to the intestines,
      the pancreatic duct hooks onto it and
      enzymes from the pancreas also flow
      down to the intestines.

      When you said you had high liver counts…
      the doctors can see on your blood work
      if the liver may show any signs of damage by looking at the enzyme results; they
      can also see how the liver is functioning
      by doing tests known as liver function tests;
      they can also tell if there is signs of infections by observing your White blood
      cells counts; they can also see if you
      developed a viral or bacterial hepatitis.
      Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver
      cells and there are many things that may
      cause this.

      The blood in the faeces, can be caused
      by a number of different things also:
      hemorroids that are usually located in
      the rectal area…which the blood is
      usually a bright red/pink color. As you go higher up in the intestines for the problem, the color of the blood will darken as you pass it through the rectum.
      Once the blood hits the commode, it will
      make the water look like there is way too
      much as it disperses into it. It is best
      to take notice how much on a napkin before
      going into the water. When there is blood
      in the feces, it seems that it causes alot
      of gas in the intestines also…so gas pains
      are common.

      Liver patients are told these recommendations:
      (1)Don’t consume any alcohol at all.
      (2)Tell your doctor all medications you are
      on: this includes over the counter, herbs,
      herbal teas, vitamins, minerals, and even
      prescriptions provided by other doctors.
      All medications go through the liver
      first to be processed and broken down.
      (3)If you are around alot of chemicals…
      try to stay clear of them
      (4) If this may be caused by a fatty liver,
      losing weight could help your condition…
      but the cause of the liver problem has
      to be diagnosed as being a fatty liver first.

      I am posting this so you can read more
      about problems here and maybe see
      something that compares to what you
      are going through:
      Gallbladder:

      http://www.markfuscomd.com/gallbladder.htm

      Cirrhosis of the liver:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      Gastroenterology Patient Pamphlets:

      http://www.gihealth.com/html/education/pamphlets.html

      I hope this has been of some help

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the average liver count for a woman age 57?
    My mother is suffering from a high liver count…she was not making any white or red blood cells and is only at the age of 57. We want to make sure her hematologist is taking the right care of her. Thank you…

    • ANSWER:
      Each lab has their own way of measuring it, so you have to really look at the standards for the lab that ran the blood. Two of the main labs are labcorp and quest diagnositics.

      For Quest, the normal range is
      Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) 8–35 units per liter (U/L) or 5–40 international units per liter (IU/L)
      Alanine aminotransferase 4–36 units per liter (U/L) or 4–36 international units per liter (IU/L)

      http://www.questdiagnostics.com/kbase/topic/medtest/hw20645/results.htm

      http://www.questdiagnostics.com/kbase/topic/medtest/hw20331/results.htm

      Labcorp is

      SGOT (SERUM GLUTAMIC-OXALOCETIC TRANSAMINASE – AST)

      Normal Adult Range: 0 – 42 U/L Optimal Adult Reading: 21

      SGPT (SERUM GLUTAMIC-PYRUVIC TRANSAMINASE – ALT)

      Normal Adult Range: 0 – 48 U/L Optimal Adult Reading: 24

  14. QUESTION:
    I recently have been diagnosed with mono, and the doc says i have a high liver count, or something… ?
    I’d been sick for about 4 weeks, before I even went into the doctors. They tested me for strep, and it came back negative, so they diagnosed it as just a virus and sent me on my way. Not 2 days later, I was back in the office with my face completely swollen. They drew blood, and sent it away for tests, also, I was told I have mono. We just got a call that the liver count, or that’s what he said ( I’m guessing it’s the enzymes in my liver ) are a little high. They want to draw blood again in a week, to see if it has gone down at all… and to be totally honest? I’m really scared. I don’t know what to expect, a liver transplant? An antibiotic? If anyone has been there, can i please get a warning?

    :/

    • ANSWER:
      You should be concerned, but this is not the time to get scared.

      First off, a liver transplant is a LONG way off. You are not nearly that bad yet, and probably won’t be.

      But those readings say that the mono has damaged your liver. Like most disease, when you get rid of the mono, the liver problem will heal.

      So follow doctor’s advice. They may need to check you every 1 or 2 weeks until this is cleared up.

      Just hang in there. Right now, the doctor has everything under control, and all you need to do is what ever the doctor says.

      Be SURE to make your appointments! DO NOT SKIP AN APPOINTMENT!

  15. QUESTION:
    can years of taking iborofin cause liver count to read high and what kind of damage can it be reversed?
    can ibprofin taked for 12 years cause your liver count to read high also
    what kind of damage and can it be reversed

    • ANSWER:
      Yes ibuprofen can cause you liver tests to be abnormal. Your doctor will tell you when he thinks you might be getting liver damage by the tests. Sometimes they just show a slight bit abnormal but ask your doctor this same question. I have some information below with more information:

      Recent studies show now that Ibuprofen can cause damage to the liver, especially if the person takes Ibuprofen more than what is prescribed. It can also cause liver damage by ingesting alcoholic beverages while taking Ibuprofen. It is recommended that if a person drinks more than three alcoholic beverages a day, then you should not take Ibuprofen. This can raise a persons liver enzymes and thus beginning the process of liver damage. No symptoms may appear at the beginning of possible liver damage. Blood tests may be prescribed by your doctor to keep a check on liver enzymes.

      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1794404/ibuprofen_warnings_you_should_know.html?cat=5

      Yes, I believe minor liver damage can be reversed.

  16. QUESTION:
    my dachshund dog has a very high liver count ( 3000 ) it should be 100. We have had him tested but no luck?
    the next step is for him to have an MRI. We don’t have the money for that, so I’m hoping someone has experienced the same thing.

    • ANSWER:
      wow, that was kind of rude. First of all there are a few liver enzymes and you haven’t specified which is elevated, and since you haven’t given any information about your pet, there’s not a whole lot anyone can tell you.

      There are many reasons for increased liver values. Some medications like steroids, phenobarbitol, NSAIDs given for pain, etc can all cause increased liver values.

      Some endocrine diseases can cause increased liver values like Cushings disease.

      Cholangiohepititis (inflammation caused by infection) can cause elevated liver values. Disfunction of the liver or gallbladder can cause increased values.

      Then of course tumor, hematomas, and neoplasia can cause an increase in liver values.

      Has your vet tried any medications? What about an ultrasound +/- biopsy? Has your dog been tested for Leptospirosis or Cushing’s disease? What about running bile acids to see if the liver is functioning properly? These are some of the diagnostics I’d consider before advanced imaging. NOt sure what has been tried, but there’s a place you can start.

      You may want to see an internal medicine specialist or get a second opinion. If financing is difficult, you can try applying for Care Credit, a credit card is special financing options at their website at www.carecredit.com.

  17. QUESTION:
    what else would cause a person to have a high liver count besides hepatitus?

    • ANSWER:
      Besides hepatitis … ?
      Well – the trouble is that anything that causes the high liver count is going to cause hepatitis first and then cause the high liver count. (eg. drugs – drug induced hepatitis … viruses – viral hepatitis … autoimmune disease – autoimmune hepatitis and so on)

      But I guess you mean outside the liver – so …

      Gallstones
      Cholecystitis
      Obstructive Jaundice
      Ascending Cholangitis
      Mirizzi’s syndrome
      Gallstone Ileus

      Carcinoma of the head of the pancreas
      Carcinoma of the bile duct

      Secondary cancers metastasized to the liver

      Tuberculosis of the liver

      Other sources of liver enzymes: Bone (ALP), RBC and Muscles (AST)
      Laboratory error

  18. QUESTION:
    How high does a liver count have to be until it is considered high and dangerous!?!?

    • ANSWER:
      I would like my family to love God and keep his commandments, to abide by the principles of purity, to love to impart them to their children by practice, by teaching and by example and by every means by which children can be influenced by their parents. Then, if this were carried out in every family, there would be something in the tendency of our lives that would have a regenerating influence upon the rising generation, physically and mentally.

  19. QUESTION:
    what effect, if any does calcium supplements have on a high liver count?

    • ANSWER:
      I cannot find any evidence that there is a link between cacium intake and what I assume you refer to as Liver function test;

  20. QUESTION:
    what may cause a high liver count and how bad is it?

    • ANSWER:
      alcoholism, cirrhosis, fatty changes or liver cancer.

  21. QUESTION:
    sleeping a lot, only blood work coming back bad-high liver count any comments?
    had gallbladder surgery 10 months ago, havent felt great ever since, still have pain similar to what I had before – off and on. doctors found a lesion in surgery area, got smaller on antibiotics, we are watching this.

    • ANSWER:
      Try taking Extract of Milk Thistle which you can get from any health food store.It totally got my liver enzymes back to normal in about 2 months.

  22. QUESTION:
    High liver count (ALT) in my dog (miniature pinscher)?
    I took my dog into the vet today for a teeth cleaning. They do blood work beforehand. This is when I realized my dog’s ALT (liver count) was almost 1,400. Supposedly this is about 15 times normal. The vet recommended medicine for two weeks to see if this improves the count and if not a ultrasound would be needed. I wanted to see if anyone has had any experience with these symptoms in their pet. My dog is about 18 lbs and he seems completely healthy. He is almost 8 years old. Any information would be most appreciated as I work through this with my buddy.

    • ANSWER:
      Nope. Have you read this?

  23. QUESTION:
    high liver count andcreatine level -what all can this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey, best thing to do , is go see ur local doctor. my mother has high counts of ALT and GGT… well lets not hope for the worst i guess… could mean many things. such as; the liver isnt responding, to much medication ur having, or they “could” be a hot spot, which later could cause being cancer. so please, better go find one now :) if u ever need to ask anything else, i think i know heaps about it, cause with mums problem i everything about it. bye

  24. QUESTION:
    What problems can occur with a liver en cine count very high?
    Male,18 , Has a Liver en cine count very high and has bad chest pains but is not throwing up and no fever.

    • ANSWER:
      I dunno specifically. Could be many things. He really should continue w/ doctor care. The word you’re looking for is enzyme.

  25. QUESTION:
    High liver blood count?
    A recent blood test has revealed a high liver blood count. Whilst I’m waiting to take more test, my gp has tried to explain what this means, but not sure I got the gist of it? What does this mean, what can cause it and what are the implications?
    Should I be concerned, doc says it’s probably nothing, but…

    • ANSWER:
      There are mant reasons you cpould have elevated liver function tests( which i assume he means).. it could be from medications you are taking, too much alcohol, diabetes, as well as more serious problems like infection, cancer. But before you start worrying about the more serious ones, try to cut down on all intake of eg alcohol, medications. If you doc feels, on analysing your general health and lifestyle, that it is not something to wrry about, then he probably fels sure it a more innocent reason

  26. QUESTION:
    is 88 a dangerous high liver count?

    • ANSWER:
      The doctors does three types of testing to
      check the liver.
      1) The liver enzymes will show if the liver
      cells have become damaged.
      These are known as the ALT, AST, GGT,
      and Alkaline phosphatase.
      The liver cells make these enzymes and
      if they become damage, they can leak
      out and become higher on the blood test
      results.
      2) The liver functions tests will show how
      well the cells of the liver are able to do the
      functions to keep the body well.
      These are known as the Bilirubin, INR,
      Albumin, Pt, Ptt
      3) Viral blood tests will show if a virus
      has entered the body and is using the liver
      cells to replicate itself.

      I’m not sure which test you are stating here.
      If it is the ALT, AST…it is not dangerous high…
      just a cause for concern.

      No one blood test is 100% accurate.
      If you exercised before the test was done or
      you received a shot into a muscle and there
      are other things that can effect the test results.
      It takes looking at all these tests result I
      mentioned above to be mostly positive it
      is a liver problem…as some of these tests
      are not just specific to the liver itself.
      I think you will be having another blood tests
      done and the doctor will compare the results.

      If you know which test it is for certain and
      you can get a copy of your lab tests results,
      which you are entitled to have…then you
      can look up on this site what they mean:

      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      I hope this information is of some help to you.

  27. QUESTION:
    can cooking in cast iron pans and pots cause high liver count or high iron count?

    • ANSWER:
      Cooking in iron pans can increase the amount of iron in your food, but if you have a high iron and a high liver count you possibly have haemochromatosis, which is a genetically determined metabolic disorder most common in people of Irish ancestry. If you have this, then other members of your family should also get checked for it. If it’s not controlled properly it can cause serious liver problems and diabetes.

      The treatment is to make sure you don’t build up too much iron in the body. The best way of getting rid of excess iron is through taking out blood, which is rich in iron. Some people with haemochromatosis become regular blood donors, which not only helps to control their own iron levels but also helps other people. Talk to your doctor and the blood bank in your country to see if this is acceptable.

  28. QUESTION:
    went to doctor and blood came back high liver count??

    • ANSWER:
      Get checked for hepatitis C. Elevated liver enzymes are often the first sign of hepatitis infection. Hep C (HCV) is not an STD; it is transmitted by blood to blood contact such as tattoos, piercings, IV drug use even if only one time years ago, blood transfusions or organ transplants before 1992, pnuematic vaccinations given by the military (Vietnam Vet era), exposure to blood through working in the medical field (paramedics, EMT’s, nurses, doctors, etc), mother to child transmission, and more. Get tested to find out. Best wishes.

  29. QUESTION:
    High liver enzyme count?
    My mom got a blood test and the results showed she had a high liver enzyme count. They did a second blood test to scan for hepatitis, etc. but that all came back negative. Then the doctor ordered an ultrasound for her and the doctor called us and said the result of the ultrasound showed 3 spots/lesions on her liver. Now the doctor wants my mom to come in for a CAT scan next week. My mom leads a very healthy life and does not drink or eat fatty foods. Exercises all the time. I’m very worried… does anybody know what my mom possibly has? What could those spots on her liver be?

    • ANSWER:
      Cirrhosis it is bad. it is very bad

      http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/cirrhosis-topic-overview

      believe me i had a fatty liver and the doctors said if i didnt do something i would get the very same thing

  30. QUESTION:
    doctor told my mother her liver count was verr high,she isnt a heavy drinker .what could it be?
    dr said her liver count was high,she isnt a heavy drinker & no diease known

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/elevated-liver-enzymes/MY00508

      Elevated liver enzymes indicate inflammation or damage to cells in the liver. Inflamed or injured liver cells may leak higher than normal amounts of certain chemicals, including liver enzymes, into the bloodstream, resulting in elevated liver enzymes on blood tests.

      Elevated liver enzymes may be detected during liver function tests. In most cases, liver enzyme levels are elevated mildly and temporarily. Most of the time, elevated liver enzymes “don’t” signal a chronic, serious liver problem.

  31. QUESTION:
    can sinus disease cause high liver count?

    • ANSWER:
      The liver basically filters wastes through the body, and elevated liver enzyme would not be related to the actual sinus infection, but more likley something else, another disease process.

  32. QUESTION:
    Deramaxx for dogs, high liver blood count?
    My 9 year old bulldog has been on deramaxx, recently, his bloodwork came back with elevated liver counts. He does so well on the deramaxx, but the vet told me to take him off it for now. Are there other options for treating his arthritis? Would his liver count increase on a different NSAID?
    Well, I appreciate your answer, but he is still extremely mobile. He will limp a bit when the deramaxx gets out of his system(only been 1 day), so he’s not at a point that he can’t walk. I am going to try to ask about supplements such as the glyco flex.

    • ANSWER:
      We use to have a Bulldog on Rimadyl for 5 years straight because of Hip Dysplasia and Arthritis. Her liver counts were always a little on the high side right from the time she was young. (This seemed to be the norm for her) Anyway, when she turned about 7 years, the counts went up a little more, and our Vet suggested giving her half the dosage of the Rimadyl that she normally was taking. Although she did do pretty well on that 1/2 dosage, you could still tell she wasn’t the same as on the full dosage. IMO, when it comes to a certain point in a dogs life, you have to make the decision which is in the best interest of the dog. If this were my dog, I would cut the dosage in half and see how that works. Every dog is going to die of something, and when I have a senior dog with a mobility issue, I just figure either the dog can walk or it can’t. If the dog can’t be mobile because of a liver condition, and has to be taken off of medication because of it, that is no life either. I would choose to give the medication, and if the liver failed, I would euthanize.

      Add: I just thought of something else. Have you tried a supplement such as Glyco-Flex III? We use to give this along with the Rimadyl. It can’t hurt to try it, and make sure you keep any excess weight off the dog. Also, the dog still needs to get up and MOVE or the muscles will *go* too.

  33. QUESTION:
    Can a damaged liver cause a high triglyceride count?
    I recently had a blood test and they told me that my liver enzynes were up meening I had a damaged liver. I just got my cholesterol checked and my cholesteral is normal so is my good cholesteral but my triglycerides are through the roof.

    • ANSWER:
      Just because your liver enzymes are elevated doesn’t mean you have liver damage – it depends on the particular enzyme; for example, if the enzyme Gamma GT were elevated, this would be an indication that you had consumed a quantity of alcohol within 24-36 hours of the test (GGT is the enzyme that breaks down alcohol). Also a diagnosis of liver damage has to be confirmed with a series of other tests, as well as blood.

      You had a lipid profile performed and, you state that both HDL and LDL levels are normal, but triglycerides are through the roof. Had you been drinking at all (alcohol consumption, even in small quantities, can cause this) within 24-36 hours of the test? If so, this could be the cause of the high triglyceride level. This can also be caused by a diet high in saturated and trans-fats, although this would also have an impact on LDL levels.

      If you don’t mind, why are you asking this on Y!A? Your own doctor will be able to give you far better information and advice.

      I may have been top of my biology class in the Human Biology section of the course, but I am far from being a doctor.

      Good luck

  34. QUESTION:
    anyone ever have experience with high liver counts in blood tests?
    i take milk thistle and omega 3 fish oil hoping my liver counts will be good. i was told last year my levels were elevated. had colonospohy test. had a polyp, was fine and was told all seemed fine. now dr. wants to do another blood test this year.

    • ANSWER:
      Levels of liver enzymes vary from day-to-day, depending on what a person has eaten, and also in response to some infections. So, its common for a healthy person to have an occasional blood test with elevated liver enzymes. Alcohol consumption and many medications cause liver enzymes to rise. Medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and Alleve are particularly hard on the liver.

      If the doctor suggested waiting another year for the next test, its almost certain the he/she thought that your enzymes were within the range of normal variation. About a week before your next test, avoid alcohol and over-the-counter medications that affect liver enzymes – this will give a more accurate reading of the baseline liver function.

  35. QUESTION:
    if liver count is high and you tested neg for hepatitus what does that mean?

    • ANSWER:
      It means your doctor needs to do more tests & investigate.

      Seriously, there are many possible causes. Medications and overuse of alcohol are only two.

  36. QUESTION:
    I had a high liver enzyme count due to drinking heavily, i stopped drinking what else will lower my count?

    • ANSWER:
      If you only had one high liver enzyme count and it was due to drinking then I would guess that it was the GGT enzyme. If you stopped drinking it will go down pretty quickly. I am guessing that perhaps you had a few other liver enzymes that were elevated? If so you need to know which ones because they are sensitive to different factors.

      Medications including ordinary Tylenol are very hard on the liver and can cause temporary elevated liver enzymes from a small dose. You need to know what enzymes were elevated and how much them have decreased since you stopped drinking. The liver can regenerate but only to a point….

  37. QUESTION:
    A good diet to help lower a VERY high liver enzyme count?
    my friend has a liver enzyme count of 225, which is very bad.
    he eats a lot of fast food and greasy/processed/unhealthy junk food, he smokes black&milds on occasion, chews tobacco on occasion, and he drinks too. not very often, but when he does drink, he usually will drink until he’s drunk.
    back in july i believe, he started taking weight gaining supplement pills with estrogen in them and would go to the gym about 6 times a week. as soon as he finished the pills he had to take testosterone pills called test to level out his hormone levels. 2 days after he started taking them he became very unwell and was sent to the doctor to get his blood test for his liver, and the 225 was his result.

    now he knows there’s no more smoking or drinking or junk food, but we don’t know what kinds of food he should start eating. I would really appreciate it if someone could make a list of good foods to eat to lower his enzyme count and maybe someone could help me to create a diet/meal plan for him.

    thank you so much in advance for any answers.

    • ANSWER:
      The liver cells make these enzymes (ALT,AST,GGT,ALP and others).
      Enzymes help speed up the process of metabolism in the liver.
      When the liver cells become damaged, these enzymes will leak out and
      be picked up by a blood test results as being higher than the normal range.

      Different things cause liver cell damage, of which you mentioned about 4 of
      them: alcohol consumption, medications toxification, fatty liver disease,
      chemicals.

      All liver patients are told No Alcohol, not to take any medications
      unless prescribed by or approved by the doctor (this includes over the
      counter drugs, herbs, vitamins, minerals, supplements, etc).

      Alcohol is a substance that the liver picks up from his blood and uses
      the liver enzymes to convert it into acetaldehyde, then acetate, and then
      carbon dioxide and water. When someone overconsumes alcohol in
      a short time period (becomes drunk)…then it doesn’t give the liver cells
      time to make the necessary enzymes to convert the alcohol completely..
      not completely converted leads to it becoming toxic to the liver cells
      themselves.
      Consuming alcohol over long time periods, can lead to the build up of
      fat inside the liver. Also, being overweight (obesity) can also do this.
      The liver is surrounded by a tight membrane capsule…the fat inside
      the liver causes pressure in the liver that can also damage the liver cells.

      In both of the things I mentioned above about the liver cells becoming
      damaged…once damage occurs, the immune system of the body will respond
      to this and cause inflammation to develop in the liver. This adds to the
      pressure and will cause the liver to enlarge in size and take on a spongy
      texture. (can be seen on an ultrasound or CT scan).
      …………………………………………
      The best thing that the patient can do for themselves…is to stop any
      of the causes of damage to the liver cells. If he is an alcoholic…it is
      best to be done under a doctors care: the doctor has drugs to help
      with the side effects of being detoxed and also will be sure his body
      will be able to cope with this change.

      Changing his food diet may help some; but not the main needed changes.

      Good oils like olive or canola oil is best ( use sparingly)
      Bake, broil, boil foods…don’t fry
      Fresh fruits and vegetable (thoroughly washed as people handle these
      in the stores) Avoid canned since they tend to be high in sodium content.
      Lean cuts of meat; fish (no shellfish), poultry without the skin
      Avoid high preservatives, prepackaged, or fast foods
      Avoid open salad/food bars that people can accidentally sneeze or cough into..
      or stick their hands in.

      If you think of someone who grows or provides their own foods from a garden,
      orchard, or their meats…this is basically a diet that would be good.
      They would receive all the necessary vitamins, minerals, proteins, etc from
      the foods they eat and not have to take supplements. It is true that liver
      patients do become malnourished…so it is good to try to feed them well
      rounded meals.

      The Liver enzymes tests is not the only tests the doctor does to check the liver.
      No one blood testing is 100% accurate. Many things can affect the results
      of these tests also. The doctor also does the Liver functions tests,
      Liver Viral blood tests, and liver cancer blood test (alpha feto protein).

      If the patient is diagnosed with a fatty liver disease…it would be best to
      ask to be referred to a dietitian or nutritionist that would take into account
      his whole medical history and make up a diet specifically for her/him to
      follow.

      He should be with either a gastroenterologist or hepatologist.
      The only test done to be sure how far a patient is advanced in liver disease
      is the Liver Biopsy. That is because they are looking directly at the actual
      tissue of the liver and not just pictures(films) of it.

      I hope this info has been of some help to you. Best wishes

  38. QUESTION:
    What causes high liver enzymes?
    I recently found out I have Diabetis 2. My blood also showed I have a very high liver enzyme count. I am not a drinker and never have been. Can this be associated with Diabetis? My physican said they will test me again in three months. If the results are still high they will test for Hepatitis. Any other reasons for the high enzyme count? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Liver enzymes can elevate for MANY reasons. Alcohol/drug abuse, even over the counter drugs or prescription medications, are the main reasons but not the only reasons. Diseases such as Hepatitis or Cirrhosis can also cause this. But sometimes, believe it or not, diet can do it too. Anytime you assault your liver by constantly abusing it’s function, it will get fatty deposits in it which can cause an elevation of your liver enzymes. There are an epidemic of people walking around with elevated liver enzymes. Some are truly sick with something and some are not.

  39. QUESTION:
    I’ve been told that I have a high protein count in my liver, can someone explain this to me better than my GP?
    I’m wondering if it’s at all associated with the spirulina Ive been taking!

    • ANSWER:
      How much spirulina are you taking? It’s supposed to be a relatively safe protein, but too much of anything can be harmful. High protein count in your liver suggests your getting too much protein of some sort. I’d either discontinue the spirulina, or take much less than you were before. Unless you can find excess protein elsewhere in your diet.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is a liver count of 120 pretty high?
    I just had bloodwork done for the usual check up and my liver enzime count was 120.

    • ANSWER:
      Which liver count? There are lots of different blood tests they do to test the function of the liver. Also, the normal value for each lab is different. So at my lab 120 could be normal, at yours it could be high.

      You need to speak to your doctor to interpret your results.

      …..

  41. QUESTION:
    any doctors out there what is normal liver count is 181 to high?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it 25 and 50 . check out the link.

      www.clevelandclinicmeded,com

  42. QUESTION:
    What is a high leiver count?
    I have recently had a blood test and got a call from the doctor telling me to see him about a high liver count. Now, I have to wait a few weeks to see the doctor so I was wondering if anyone could help me out in advance by telling me what is wrong?

    Thanks.
    *Liver not leiver

    • ANSWER:
      A group of tests comes under ” Liver Function tests”. Doctor advises all or some of these tests.
      When U will get the report U can see the test values in the report. The normal value is given against each test in the same report. For example U see a test report as under.

      SGPT 32 U/l 5 – 40 U/l

      This means the test value is 32 and normal value ranges from 5 to 40 units. Normally value should be with this range. If it is above 40 there may be some problem with your liver.

  43. QUESTION:
    high levels of liver count?
    confusion,headacheand blood results show high levels countof liver ,and sharp pain to my liver

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of liver disease (liver cell damage):
      alcohol consumption, medications toxification,
      chemical exposure, mushroom poisoning,
      hereditary conditions, metabolic disorders
      viral or parasite infections, fatty liver disease,
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infection,
      cardiac/vascular problems,
      cyst/tumors/growths/cancer and
      other things.

      The cause has to be found and then has to be
      stopped, if possible, so the liver cells can heal and
      the problem can be reversed.

      Liver disease usually takes the same course, no matter
      what the cause is.
      The liver cells become damaged. The immune system
      of the body responds to this damage. This causes
      inflammation of the liver which causes the liver to enlarge
      in size. If the cause is not stopped, it can lead to where
      the liver cells start to die off and form scar tissue inside
      the liver…this will, eventually, block the flow of blood to
      the functioning liver cells and the blood going back to
      the heart. It is then known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      A conditions known as Encephalopathy can appear in
      liver patients. It is because the liver cannot handle
      taking the by product of the proteins we use in the body…
      which is ammonia…and converting it to urea so the kidneys
      can dispose of it. The ammonia stays in the blood and
      goes to the brain and cause a patient to become easily
      confused and disoriented. Doctors start patients on
      Lactulose or Xifixan to help this.

      The doctor does liver enzymes blood tests, liver function
      blood tests and liver viral blood tests to check the liver.
      It depends on which levels are higher in the blood or
      out of normal range…what the cause really is and
      what can be done about it.

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Best wishes

  44. QUESTION:
    Low white blood cell count and a high liver function…?
    What could this mean? It isn’t extremely low but its not really healthy. And frequent urination along with random feelings of nausea at times.

    • ANSWER:
      Have they tested you for Hepatitis?

      Those are the kind of result I received I had and I have hepatitis C.
      I got hep-C from getting a tattoo where they didn’t use a new needle every time.

      It’s Not just a disease of drug addicts.

      Hepatitis C is being called “the silent epidemic”.

      Even though it’s spread by blood, it can be spread rather easily.
      It could be spread by using another person’s toothbrush, or if you helped someone who had it with a bloody cut, or something of the sort.

      If you haven’t been tested for hepatitis I would suggest getting tested.

      Of course, this could happen with any liver disease, but hepatitis is the most common.

  45. QUESTION:
    i have high liver counts. What does that mean?
    all i was told was that my live count is very high but i was so sick that day i wasnt listining to everythng they said i went to the ER with an upper respitory infection and they did blood work and found my liv count was high thats all i remember but what does that mean Pleas Help me thankss

    • ANSWER:
      Many different things can cause liver enzymes to rise above normal levels, including:

      Viral hepatitis

      Excessive alcohol intake/Alcoholic liver disease

      Liver inflammation from medications and certain herbs

      Auto-immune hepatitis – a condition where a person’s immune system mistakes the liver for an invader and attacks it

      Fatty liver- fat build -up in liver cells, called steatohepatitis when the fatty liver is inflamed
      Inherited liver diseases

      Liver tumors

      Heart failure

      Since, you don’t know what the levels were or which were elevated, I would go to your Dr. & see if he can get the results faxed to him or if he can retest you.

      There are many serious reasons for liver counts being elevated but, also some innocent ones too. For example, I once had high liver enzyme levels come back on a blood test due to an increased amount of Aleve I had been taking for a pulled muscle. When I stopped & retested my liver results came back normal 1 month later.

      My advice get it rechecked soon. Most likely there is a simple reason for the elevation but, since there can be serious causes too, don’t wait.

  46. QUESTION:
    when your liver count is high?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many reasons for an elevated liver count. They can include lab error, medications, hepatitis, and fatty liver.

      To evaluate for anatomical causes of the liver and gallbladder, you can consider an abdominal ultrasound. Viral hepatitis can be tested for via a simple blood test. If everything is negative, there is a subset of the population who just have a benign elevation of the liver enzymes and requires periodic monitoring. Follow up with your personal physician is essential.

      Hope this helps!

  47. QUESTION:
    Why do I have a high enzyme count in my liver? I am pregnant.?
    My bp, uric acid and every other test is normal. My enzymes in my liver are elevated though. My doctor will be doing more tests in 2 weeks. I am not a closet drinker, not a drug user, have never had a blood transfusion– so its not hepatitis (and I have had my vaccines for two of the hepatitis viruses.) I am currently 29 weeks pregnant. Any help? My doctor is also having me take 400 mg of magnesium and a baby aspirin daily as in the past studies have shown that women who have taken magnesium in their second birth, who have already had one birth with preclampsia, very few had it again.

    • ANSWER:
      Never heard of that. Usually when your enzymes are elevated you have other signs too. Perhaps because of the magnesium and the baby Tylenol you are not seeing the blood pressure be elevated but could still be getting preeclampsia. I had it with #2 and #3 and my doctor never put me on those. (She did get fired for this pregnancy though so…) I hope when you get the other tests done that they come out great. Good luck

  48. QUESTION:
    High liver enzymes in 18 month old AmStaff?
    Was about to buy an 18 month old AmStaff puppy from a very reputable breeder. He went in for a final checkup and also a nueter. His liver enzyme count was up, I dont know exactly how much yet until 2mrw, but from what I got they weren’t “extremely” high. He has been a very healthy puppy from what I have been told (and yes I 100% trust this breeder, they could have lied to me and given me this dog to deal with liver enzyme problem myself) and all week has had a very good appetite and no signs of sickness. He did have diarrea this morning at the Vet out of nowhere. Could this be caused by something he ate that his system isnt used to? Has anyone had similiar experiences? Possible causes of the high count (really dont think it is any kind of serious liver disease bc he has been going for regular checkups)? Vet has him on antibiotics for 2 weeks and will re-do blood work at that time, Vet found no cause for concern when palpated. Thanks!
    “candy” learn to read a question, you see those hook shaped signs? those are question marks! So Im not making a point Im asking a question. Please don’t reproduce…Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      We are currently in the process of having a 14 month Lhasa diagnosed for similar problems…diarrhea — she will have it for three to four days, then it goes back to normal; also jaundiced occassionally, and days where she is lethargic and shows no interest in her toys.

      Bile acids were ten times higher than normal. She was put on diet specifically for her liver and has gone on to the university for an ultrasound and more testing. They have only found a smaller than normal liver, and are looking closer at her pancreas.

      We have ‘good’ days and ‘bad’ days. At this time, no definite diagnosis and this has been going on for nearly two months.

      She was on the medication Denosyl for about ten days and was on an antibiotic for a total of twenty days. Neither resulted in significant changes in her symptoms. And we’re still waiting on a diagnosis after spending lots of $$$$. (She is not on any meds currently and symptoms remain similar – one day of diahrrea – the next normal; a day or so of jaundice, then ok, etc……..)

      I wish you the best of luck……and hopefully this helps. Feel free to email me if you want more details as we get them in.

  49. QUESTION:
    can ibprofin cause liver count to be high?
    and if so can it be reversed

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Will masterbating make my liver enzyme count drop?
    hey i have really high count of liver enzymes cause i got mono. will masterbating make it go down or up further?

    • ANSWER:
      Masturbating will have no effect on the disease, but it’ll make the time go faster.