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Treating Tinnitus - Seeking The Right Ear Doctor To Treat Your Tinnitus
In treating tinnitus, the most recommended suggestion is to consult a doctor or an ear specialist. Finding the right doctor is also important to make sure that your tinnitus will be properly diagnosed and evaluated.

Treating a tinnitus disorder becomes a different matter if the general practitioner finds you in good health and your vital signs are normal based on your physiology and lifestyle.

In fact what you may be experiencing is not just a simple case of tinnitus but actually the onset of permanent hearing loss. Hence, it would be best if you know the proper medical procedure to ensure that you are being treated by the right kind of doctor. Know or at least have an idea about their fields of specialization as far as treating tinnitus as a prelude to hearing loss, is concerned.

General Practitioners

They are usually the family doctors, also known as Primary Care Physicians. They deal with the basics and have no specialized training in treating tinnitus syndromes related to ear problems.

In fact, ear specialists will still require you to see a general practitioner first, to ensure that your ear problems are not as basic as ear-waxed clogged canals.In treating tinnitus problems, your family doctor can only take care of your outer ear and ear canals.

If your family doctor establishes that you have no particular disorders in these ear areas, examining your middle ear up to its inner recesses will now require some form of expertise or specialization. The general practitioner will refer you to an ear specialist as a matter of procedure.

Otolaryngologist

These is the official medical title of doctors who have specialized training in treating eyes, nose and throat problems. Since the title is quite difficult to pronounce and recall, they are simply called ENT Doctors or eye specialists, ear specialists or throat specialists. As far as treating ear problems are concerned, ENT doctors specialized in their study of ear problems from the mid-ear level and inwards.

Hence, the matter of treating tinnitus syndrome concerned with the distresses, impairment, defects, deformities and any degeneration of the ear structure starting from the middle ear up to the inner recesses will be undertaken by an ENT specialist.

The most common ear problems handled by ENT doctors related to treating tinnitus are otosclerosis and cholesteatomas. Otosclerosis is a cause of tinnitus wherein the tiny spike-like bones in the middle ear area have grown hard and inflexible, thus losing its ability to respond normally to the sound waves. Cholesteatomas on the other hand are ear tumors found in the middle ears.

In case the ENT doctor is unable to detect possible causes of tinnitus other than those covered by his field of expertise, the next medical professional to turn to is the ENT doctor who went into further fields of ear specializations.

Otologists or Neurotologists

These doctors started out as ENT specialists then later on pursued higher learning as medical doctors specializing in otology or neurotology. Otology is the branch of medicine classified as biomedicine that deals with the study and treatment of ear diseases, diagnosis and treatment of the ears in relation to its physiology, anatomical structures and pathological occurrences. These doctors are concerned not only in treating tinnitus but are also involved in developing tinnitus treatment methods.

After knowing the differences between these doctors, you should perhaps consider visiting an Otologists or Neurotologists and seek their expertise in treating tinnitus problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Should I talk with a specialized doctor about liver or visit any doctor ?
    how much does it cost to visit a doctor at loca hospital in US ?

    I want to ask a specialized doctor specific questions about my liver
    or should I visit a doctor with their own office b/c it'll be more cheaper that way?

    • ANSWER:
      A general practitioner (family doctor) can initiate any testing that may be necessary, which is usually just blood work, if there is cause for concern.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why did my doctor take a liver biopsy while I having my gallbladder?
    I got my gallbladder removed on the 8th, and afterwords my doctor told me he performed a liver biopsy. I didn't really think much of it at the time, but I've been thinking about it and never having had a surgery before, I'm wondering if this is normal? I'm still having pain in the area of the biopsy, when will this subside?

    • ANSWER:
      The liver makes bile. This bile flows from the inside of the liver...through
      tube like structures (known as ducts) to the gallbladder to be stored and
      concentrated. When we eat, and the food moves from the stomach into
      the first part of the intestines (known as the duodenum)...then hormones
      are released for the gallbladder to contract and the bile then moves into
      the common bile duct to flow to the liver. Bile is what emulsifies the fats
      we eat so they can be digested and absorbed.

      If there is a problem where there is an obstruction in the bile duct from
      a stone moving from the gallbladder into it, or a growth in the bile ducts,
      or the bile ducts are twisted or malformed, or an infection in the ducts...
      then the bile can back up into the liver and cause liver cell damaged.
      The doctor knows this by the blood tests he does...HOW?
      Because the liver cells make certain enzymes and when the cells become
      damaged, these enzymes leak out and go higher on the blood tests results.
      The best test known to check the liver, is a liver biopsy. That is because
      the doctor can look directly at the tissue of the liver and not just films (pictures)
      of it. This is probably why the doctor decided to take a piece while he was
      removing the gallbladder...to be sure of how the liver really was doing. It
      is much better than later having to have a biopsy done through the ribs and, now,
      the patient doesn't usually feel it.
      If you are sore, this is normal. However, if you are having serious pain
      and discomfort, you should contact the doctors office right away. They
      should check and see if everything is okay or give you further instructions.
      Don't ever be concerned about contacting the doctor office and asking to
      speak to the nurse or the doctor themselves. It is their job to be sure
      you are okay through all this...that is what they are getting paid to do.
      Best wishes

  3. QUESTION:
    What doctor treatment is recommened for a torn liver? urgent?
    Alright my cousin she's 8 years old and she fell from a playground. She hit a bar in her mid section and started throwing up. After we took her to the hospital. She was transfered to UCLA and the doctors say the liver was torn and is inside the sack hanging. She lost half her blood from internal bleeding and had several blood transfusions done. Is this life treating and if it is what needs to be done to save her life? Any doctor suggestions on operations and stuff like. Money is not a problem.

    • ANSWER:
      wow i feel really bad for you...but u should really just ask a doctor...good luck!!!!

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it okay for a doctor to perform a liver biopsy without telling the patient first?
    I had my gallbladder removed on the 8th. When I woke up from the surgery, the nurse told me that the doctor had also performed a liver biopsy. Is that proper to do something like that without the patients consent?

    • ANSWER:
      A liver biopsy is really nothing. Your doctor is just being safe. It benefits you in having it done. Thank your doctor and hope the results are very good. You signed your consent to allow the doctor to do the needed surgery. He can most likely include a biopsy since the gallbladder and liver are close to one another and work together in some ways. The doctor is very thorough regarding your health and not taking any chances. Like I said. You should be thanking him.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the doctor called that treats the liver and kidneys..?
    for example an orthadonist is for teeth.
    i need to know what the liver and kidneys doctor is...
    HELP!?

    • ANSWER:
      Specifically, a urologist deals with the kidneys,
      and a gastroenterologist deals with the liver.

      Generally, they would probably be classified as internal medicine specialists.

  6. QUESTION:
    what does it mean when the doctor says the liver is in critical stage?
    my dad has been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. we were told there was nothing more the doctors can do. they didn't really explain everything to us. they just said his liver was in critical stage. do we need to talk to a specialist or what?

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  7. QUESTION:
    What do you call a doctor who studies the liver?
    I am doing a project on a patient and I need to find out what doctors he could be referred to. So if you know what the name for a doctor is who studies the liver is can you tell me?

    • ANSWER:
      A hepatologist is the most experienced and qualified type of doctor to treat people with liver disease.

  8. QUESTION:
    I had lab work done? The doctor told me my liver slightly is flaired up?
    What is the cause of your liver flaring up. The doctor says it happens sometimes ,but if it continues then it could be a problem.

    • ANSWER:
      it may be several reasons but its time to start looking also at your foods in witch you eat
      healthy living

  9. QUESTION:
    Why won't a doctor attempt a liver transplant in a stage IV pancreatic cancer patient?
    My dad was diagnosed this past friday with stage IV pancratic cancer. It has spread to his liver and other organs. When i asked the doctor if we can do a liver transplant he said no without any hesitation. There are 5 kids (19-31) who would be willing to give my dad thier liver if it can save him. Also the doctor won't remove any of the cancer surgically. He would rather leave it to chemo/radiation therapy which gives an average of 6 months to live. I DO NOT want my father to die anytime soon. He will never know his grandchilderen nor have the chance to see any of his kids marry. My dad is 53, about 6ft and when healthy weighed slightly over 200 lbs. Doesn't smoke and drinks occaionally yet doesn't get drunk. He is a banker therefore he's not really around high level of airborne toxins. Can someone PLEASE HELP ME, help my dad!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry for what you're going through. I lost my father at the same age, and it's hard. There's 5 of us, too, and the age ranges are strikingly similar. Again, I know it's hard.

      The problem is that cancer is aggressive, and when it's spread to the stage IV category, any organ that they transplant will just get the cancer right back, maybe not immediately, but it will. Stage IV disease means the disease is nearly everywhere, in almost any body tissue available, and it just isn't feasible to make a sick man go through a liver transplant, which is horribly rough on the system, just to get cancer back in the organ. It's just not an option.

      Having said that, my father was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. He had no clue that he was sick, and I'm sure your father is the same way. Given that, my father lived for 2-1/2 years, and this was several years ago. Advancements in the medical community continue to grow exponentially. Do yourself and your family a favor - get to the nearest teaching hospital and find aggressive physicians to treat the aggressive disease.

      My best to you. I've been listening to cancer doctors speak for years now, and I'm a nurse, so I can say that your dad's doctor is right. I hate it, but he is. It's not right to play merry-go-round with organ donation, especially when he needs to get started on chemo right away to give him a chance for better long-term survival. It's not just in the liver. It's probably in the bone marrow and the pancreas can't be replaced, and that's where the cancer originated.

      I'll keep you in my thoughts. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.

  10. QUESTION:
    How does a doctor know if u have a fatty liver by a blood test?
    4 yrs ago the doctor told me I had a fatty liver. My SGPT level is 38 as of today. Is that how he knows by that number? Then he did an ultra sound to make sure i Don't have hepatitis. Can I drink in moderation or none at all?

    • ANSWER:
      A doctor can tell if your liver is fatty by having a blood test because the liver filters the blood before it goes back to the body. If it is fatty, then it would dispose a lot of fat into the blood stream where the doctor would take the blood. The results then go on a sheet telling the fat. If it is really over the regular amount, your liver is fatty.

  11. QUESTION:
    My doctor said I have elevated liver enzymes and need to get another blood test.?
    I'm away at school, 1,000 miles away from my doctor. I will be home in March but is it necessary for me to get another blood test before then? She told me not to worry because they were only slightly elevated, I looked up causes of elevated liver enzymes and I'm almost positive I cannot be a candidate for any of the reasons. Are these tests ever wrong or inconclusive?

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    How long does it take the doctor to sign off on a cbc/liver panel test?
    How long does it take the doctor to sign off on a cbc/liver panel test. I was told it was there yesterday at 8am and they also told me that normaly if everything is ok they don’t call. If anything was really wrong would I have been called by now?

    • ANSWER:
      Every doctor is different as to how long it takes them to look at lab work and what their policy is to inform patients. Just call your doctors office and ask them.

  13. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between hepatoxicity and liver failure? My doctor said my blood tests showed some ....?
    signs of toxicity. I asked if I would need a liver transplant and he said no. Of course I'm happy about that, but he wasn't very clear about it all.

    • ANSWER:
      toxicity of the liver can be due to drugs/alcohol etc. liver failure means the liver is in the end stage of liver disease like cirrhosis, cancer,hepatitis,aids, etc-- what are you doing to make your liver toxic?

  14. QUESTION:
    What do you do if you have a failing liver and you have no insurance and the doctor refuses treatment?
    I have a friend who's liver is failing and they have no insurance. Her doctor has told her that they can not treat her any longer because she doesn't have insurance. What should they do next? They can't keep making trip after trip to the ER.

    • ANSWER:
      I would get in touch with your local hospital and
      ask if they know any free clinics in your area.
      They may also tell you how to get in touch
      with a social worker who could also help you.
      I would tell them about her conditions...some
      doctors will provide patient care even if
      they cannot pay.

      I would get in touch with the Social Security
      office and see if she cannot apply for
      Social Security disability and also Medicaid
      and if she is below income level...she may
      even get Social Security Income.

      I would also try the Agency of the Aging in
      your area...they sometimes help people who
      are disabled or can direct you to whom you
      may contact in your county for more help.

      Here is link to help:
      Hill-Burton is a program through which hospitals receive construction and modernization funds from the Federal Government. Hospitals that receive Hill-Burton funds are required by law to provide a reasonable volume of services to people who cannot afford to pay for their hospitalization and make their services available to all residents in the facility’s area. Information about Hill-Burton facilities is available by calling the toll-free number or visiting the Web site shown below. A brochure about the program is available in Spanish.

      Telephone: 1–800–638–0742
      (Maryland residents call 1–800–492–0359)

      Web site: http://www.hrsa.gov/hillburton/default.htm

      Hope this is of some help.

      If you still have problems...I would contact
      the closest Transplant Center in your area and
      ask for help there. You can find the Transplant
      Center closest to you by typing in The
      State you live in and Transplant Center after
      that. Many have websites on the internet. They may give you more information that way.

  15. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver pain? should i see my doctor again or just ride out the pain?
    I'm 24 and have been diagnosed with a fatty liver. I had previously experienced pain in my right side right under my rib cage but it went away after a while. It has come back again and I was wondering if I should see my doctor again or just ride it out?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver does not cause pain. The liver has no nerve endings to cause pain. I had liver failure and a transplant and my liver never caused me pain from the liver disease. You should see your doctor so you can get a correct diagnosis and treatment for whatever is causing your problem.

  16. QUESTION:
    I have been told by my doctor I have a high functioning liver. Does that affect my ability to get pregnant?
    A couple days ago my doctor's nurse called me to give results of bloodwork that I had gotten done. The nurse told me I had a high functioning liver. I was refered to a specialist but I won't be able to see him for another couple weeks. I've also been trying to get pregnant for over a year; I have been unable to. Is my liver affecting my ability to get pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      the liver cleans your blood it doesnt produce eggs so i'm not sure about the connection. but check out www.acubalance.ca for lots of information on infertility or "the infertility cure" its a book.

  17. QUESTION:
    I have elevated liver enzymes and my doctor wants an ultrasound on my liver. Is he overreacting?
    I'm 34 and a heavy drinker. I don't want to get this test done because it will cost me nearly ,000. Think I'd rather die from liver failure than the stress of having to pay that off.

    • ANSWER:
      No, he is not overreacting. Elevated liver enzymes means liver is working hard. Is your life worth ,000? Up to you, for sure.

      I am a nurse and during my career I have seen a whole lot of people die. But those who die of cirrhosis I will never forget as it is a terribly miserable death compared to any others I personally have witnessed. Since the liver is impaired, pain relieving intervention is useless due to excessive scar tissue. Ammonia levels are toxic. No one should have to undergo that kind of death.........

      00 would be a small price to pay to determine the degree of impairment to your liver. It may take you a few months or years to pay that off, but if you stop drinking the money you would spend on drinking may well pay it off quicker than you realize. It is easier said than done to quit drinking, isn't it?

      YOu can email me if you wish.......

  18. QUESTION:
    My doctor says my liver enzymes are elevated what herbal supplements can I take to improve that?
    he did a catscan of my liver and also said that I have fatty deposits in the liver

    • ANSWER:
      Your liver is likely a bit stressed because of the fatty deposits. Among other things, the liver stores fat (pate de fois gras)

      The treatment is to remove the problem...in this case you are overweight or drink too much alcohol. Herbs have nothing to offer, and may potentially damage the liver further.

  19. QUESTION:
    My moms doctor says that colon cancer can not metasize to the brain without affecting the liver.Is that true?
    Two months after a colectomy,my mom recently had a brain scan which showed 2 nodules in the left parietal lobe.The doctors have ruled out TB and toxoplasmosis.Her doctor says that colon cancer can not spread to her brain without affecting the liver.Is that True?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, good luck to you and your mother in what must be a very difficult time. Your mothers' doctor was correct. The way cancer spreads is that cancerous cells break off from the main tumor and spread via the bloodstream. The entirety of your blood volume is filtered through your liver before returning to the rest of the body; therefore, it is virtually impossible for foreign matter such as cancerous cells to pass through the liver without being trapped. I hope this clarifies things for you.

      To Denisedd: To be sure, where serious health conditions such as this are involved a second opinion is always a good idea, and you make a good point that cancer certainly is an unpredictable disease. In trying to simplify things for the poster, I evidently left out too much information. GENERALLY SPEAKING you are correct... cancer does not ALWAYS met. to the liver. Things such as type of cancer, blood flow/routes to the involved region, co morbidity, and other factors come into play which can cause other organs to be involved while leaving the liver relatively intact.... but the doctor said "affect the liver", not "met. to the liver" it is perfectly reasonable to expect some affect on the liver, even if it does not actually become cancerous.... if half the circulation through the liver is cut off by sloughed off cells, that would certainly be enough to "affect" the liver, don't you think? ...although I suppose a better choice of words would have been "it is highly unlikely that colon cancer would..." as opposed to "colon cancer can not..." At any rate, the doctor has access to her chart and the weeks, months, or year's worth of information contained therein... and all we have to go on is a single paragraph. It's actually a bit presumptuous for us to say one way or another whether he's right or wrong.

  20. QUESTION:
    why cant a doctor feel your liver?
    The doctor said he could not feel my liver during examination. He said since I was skinny it should not be a problem. I have also been coughing up blood. What does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      It's behind your ribs... coughing up blood could be TB. Wear a face mask to avoid contaminating others.

  21. QUESTION:
    who is the best doctor for liver transplant?
    Any one there who has the experience of liver transplant can u suggest doctor for liver transplant

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  22. QUESTION:
    I just got back my boold work from my doctor my liver isnt damage anymore can i take vicodin?

    • ANSWER:
      What caused your liver damage before? Since you state it "Isn't damaged anymore" Why do you need to take Vicodin? If it's for a medical reason and not recreational, then it would be a prescription, and yes you could take it. On the advice of a doctor.
      But keep in mind, just because liver enzymes appear normal on a blood test do not mean there isn't liver damage. The only way to determine the extent of liver damage is through a biopsy.

      If you are recovering from a injury don't jeopardize your health by taking something without the advice of a doctor.

  23. QUESTION:
    How will the doctor get rid of my aunt's infection? Help Liver Question?
    She had 2 liver transplants 2 weeks ago. The first liver didnt work but the second one did. She still has tubes all around her but the doctor decided to move the mouth tube from her 3 days ago. She then had a low blood count and now one of the tubes is infected. (She had a liver transplant because she had liver disease not because she drank alcohol)

    • ANSWER:
      One of the functions of the liver is to make elements needed for red blood cells formation and that explains her low blood count. Which tube is infected, the one in her lung or in her abdominal cavity?
      Usually after a major surgery for organ transplants the patient was given anti-rejection drugs that suppress his/her immune system and thus predispose him/her to opportunistic infections (pneumonia, TB, etc). Antibiotic therapy may be added now.
      She is very lucky to have a 2nd liver transplants!!
      Good luck!

  24. QUESTION:
    what does it mean when the doctor says your liver enzymes elevated?
    What does this mean? I think white blood cells elevated means you have an infection.
    but this I do not know.

    • ANSWER:
      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.

      The specific elevated liver enzymes most commonly found are:

      * Alanine transaminase (ALT)
      * Aspartate transaminase (AST)

      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.

  25. QUESTION:
    I've been put on statins will my doctor tell me if ok to take them - I've heard that your liver must be ok b4?
    I had a liver function test before being put on statins - if there was a problem with my liver would my doctor tell me & let me carry on taking the tablets - I've been taking them for nearly 7 weeks & have heard nothing from her

    • ANSWER:
      If your LFTs were abnormal you should have received notice by now.

  26. QUESTION:
    How much would a doctor charge me for a liver function test? irreversible damage at age 26?
    I have been drinking beer pretty heavily(3 cases a week) since I was 20. now I am 26 and am trying to slow down. What are the chances that ive done irreversible damage to my liver?

    • ANSWER:
      The liver is a very stronge organ that can regenerate itself, the chances that you have done irreversable damage are pretty low.

  27. QUESTION:
    what do liver doctors do if your liver enzymes are high?
    When your liver enzymes are elevated, what does your liver doctor usually do about that?

    • ANSWER:
      The doctor should check them again at a later date (maybe a month or so) and see if they are still high. They will want to know if they are staying high all the time or if its just a one time thing that goes away. It also depends on high high the enzymes are because no doctor is going to freak about a level that is just a litttle bit above normal. If they are significantly higher, then they want to know what is causing it.

      If they do the liver function test several times and they remain high, they will want to do an ultrasound and/or CT scan to try to see what is going on with the liver. If the liver is enlarged and there is something more they want to know about it, the very best test is to get a biopsy done which will clearly show any problems with the liver. They only do a biopsy as a last resort to figure things out. They will do the less invasive testing first.

  28. QUESTION:
    What type of doctor performs liver biopsy?

    • ANSWER:
      It is usually done by a gastroenterologist or hepatologist.
      If you want to learn more about a liver biopsy and how
      they do one...this link, you can click on, will tell you
      more and even show you a small video on a man
      having one:
      http://janis7hepc.com/All%20about%20Liver%20Biopsies.htm

  29. QUESTION:
    my mother told me that the doctor told her that she has a enlarge liver and that is yellow what does that mean?
    what can she do to get it back to normal .Also the doctor told her it inflammation around her liver as well is it revers-able ? what should she do?

    • ANSWER:
      Inflammation around the liver should be reversible, it all depends on what the underlying cause is as how to reverse it. If she drinks alcohol, then she should stop. If she is eating unhealthy, then she needs to start eating healthy and exercising. The doctor should have told her what she could do to reverse it. There are also some diseases that might have caused it. Check out this web site, hope it helps

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/enlarged-liver/DS00638/DSECTION=causes

  30. QUESTION:
    my mother has cancer in pancreas that extensivly mats to liver, doctor advice me to keep my mother in ICU?
    but i got discharged my mohter from hospital coz me and my family want to take care of her at home and keep her infront of our eyes ..did i do rite of wrong... (what should i do?)

    • ANSWER:
      I think you did the right thing, I brought my mother home after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer...I wanted her home and she wanted to be home.. Hospice came in every other day or so..it was just 2 weeks though, sent her back to the hospital because she was in such pain.. she died that night..but I don't regret that decision, she wanted to be home and we wanted her home! I think you did the right thing as well dear!

  31. QUESTION:
    best doctor in Delhi India for liver cancer?
    please let me know a good doctor for Liver cancer in and around Delhi.

    • ANSWER:
      i dont know in Delhi.but you should try CMC Vellore, Tamilnadu..
      Good atmosphere and good counselors... not money-minded.

  32. QUESTION:
    My doctor claimed to find a gallstone in the liver of my unborn baby. Is this harmful to me or the baby?
    The doctor spotted a gallstone in the fetus's liver when we went in for the 2nd ultrasound. He claimed that this was fascinating, yet meaningless and that it would cause no problems or complications. We were a bit worried and were just wondering if there could in fact be any problems and if this was a normal thing that happened. I was exactly 21 weeks when the gallstone was spotted.

    • ANSWER:
      This is unusual - haven't heard if it - I would be asking the Dr a lot more questions if I were you.

      Ask exactly what it means, will it go away, what are the risks, ask for a second opinion and another scan - get more - much more info.

  33. QUESTION:
    Can a urine test tell a doctor how the liver is?
    Can a urine test tell a dr. how your liver is in any way?

    • ANSWER:
      A urine test could possibly give some information about the liver. If you have increased bilirubin (jaundiced) because of liver problems then this would show up in your urine. However this would not be specific to liver problems and wouldnt really provide any specific information about the liver besides that there might be a problem.

  34. QUESTION:
    I took my dog to the vet today and her doctor said one of her enzymes are high in her liver?
    She had blood work done cause she is getting spayed Thursday.The doctor told me the enzyme was so low that it was there but hardley noticable.She also said that the Pomeranian breed is born with a desiesed liver,and a very small % of them may encounter problems as they grow older.What is your veiw on this,oh and she told me not to worry at all.She is 12 1/2 months old.
    They are higher than normal

    • ANSWER:
      In young animals, it can be normal. Enzymes can be elevated because they're been running around prior to testing and if they have been off their food or having food changed, that can affect the result. Your vet would know if it's anything to worry about and since she has told you not to worry, then don't.

      It depends which enzyme it is that determines whether it's a problem or not and i'm guessing that your dog may still be growing so it's probably normal and your vet will monitor it if it's needed.

  35. QUESTION:
    My doctor told my blood test results were a little high, and it had something to do with bone marrow or liver.
    I don't know what test he was talking about, but he said my results were about 40 points high. He said it was a little high, but not too much. All I know is it had something to do with bone marrow or liver problems. I also have an enlarged lymph node in my chest. My doctor referred me to a hematologist. What does all of this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      without knowing what the values are, no one can tell you anything. wait to see the hematologist for your answers.

  36. QUESTION:
    how much would a doctor charge me for a liver function test?
    I have been drinking beer pretty heavily(3 cases a week) since I was 20. now I am 26 and am trying to slow down. What are the chances that ive done irreversible damage to my liver?

    • ANSWER:
      The fees vary. When you see a doctor you generally pay a certain fee, and then the tests, like your liver function tests, are extra, and could cost a couple hundred dollars. If you were a heavy drinker, it is best to slow down now, after only 6 years of drinking. The damage to the liver varies, where some occur after only a short time of alcohol abuse, while others could take a while, like several years. Most people who develop cirrhosis of the liver (due to excessive alcohol intake) manifest the symptoms when they are in their 40s and 50s, but by then the changes in the liver would have become irreversible. So the sooner you quit, the better.

      When you get your liver function tests back, it may be normal or abnormal. Normal doesn't mean it is completely ok, it only means that there are enough liver cells to carry out the job that the liver does, which is to clean out toxins from your blood stream.

  37. QUESTION:
    The doctor found a spot on my babies liver when doing a routine ultrasound at 20 wks. What could the spot be?
    The doctor mentioned that the spot could be caused by a virus, so I had some additional blood tests done that day, but haven't heard from them. He also mentioned it could be a gallstone. Those are the only suggestions he gave. He said he would recheck the spot in 3 weeks, but I'm just curious as to if anyone else had experienced anything similiar. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      When I went in for my ultrasound at 20 weeks the tech found a spot near the bowel outside the intestines in my son. I went back later that day and had another ultrasound with the specialist. It was still there when he looked and told my husband and I that our son had a cyst. He said it was probably nothing and not to worry but they were going to have me back in 4 weeks. went back in 4 weeks...still there...4 more weeks...still there...4 more weeks...still there...2 more weeks...still there...When I had my son they did and ultrasound on him in the hospital the day after he was born...NOTHING!!!! IT WAS GONE!!!!

      Sometimes there are just spots on an ultrasound and it's nothing. I wish you luck, health, and happiness. God is good and prayer really works...I don't mean to sound like a religious yahoo...but it's true. I prayed for my son everyday and he's perfectly healthy. I know how you're feeling, and I'm sorry. I know how hard it is, but try not to stress about it. Good luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    Did your doctor tell you to eat liver once per week during pregnancy?
    My pregnancy diet specified eating liver once per week. It was certainly not something to be avoided.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes because of the high iron content - blech I avoided it like the plague!

  39. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me the BEST LIVER TRANSPLANT DOCTOR?!!! It's really important!?
    I really need to know because I have a relative in his 50's who needs a liver transplant plus he's diabetic. Being diabetic is really dangerous when it comes to surgeries; this is why it's really important for me to know and to get the best liver transplant doctor for him. PLEASE PLEASE someone help me!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I will have to tell you that a patient has to be evaluated
      before being placed on the transplant list. This means
      they will go through a series of tests and seeing
      different doctors to be placed on the list.

      The best doctor he can be with right now is a
      Hepatologist , a liver specialist, who is connected to one of these Transplant Centers I have mentioned below.

      As I do not know what area you are in or the transplant
      hospital closest to you....I can only direct you to the
      site where it tells you the Transplant Center and then
      you can get in touch with one and asked for a doctor
      on their staff to go to.
      People are usually placed and evaluated for the
      list with a Transplant Center who is closest to them...
      Here is the United Network of Organ Sharing site where
      you can choose the the option:
      "Transplant by organ "and then place "liver "in there, your
      "state or region" and it will bring up a Transplant Center
      that is close to you.
      For some reason this site will not post...so it is the
      following site and then when you get there, choose the
      member directory option which is located half way down
      the page and is red in color on the right hand side and then type in the above info:
      http://www.unos.org/

      After you find one, you may try to plug the Transplant Center
      name into the computer search screen like Yahoo or Google. For example:
      "The John Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center"
      and sometimes they have a web site showing you
      the hospital and will list the doctors there who are
      with them.
      http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/transplant/
      You have to be careful, for some Transplant Centers only perform certain organ transplants and may not do the liver.

      Also, usually with insurance they may require you to see
      your regular primary care physician and be referred to
      the hepatologist. If you have a hepatologist that is
      listed with the Transplant Center...then they usually have
      direct contact with the Transplant Surgeon and his
      team of doctors who will do the transplant.
      If you contact your insurance, they also have a listing
      of What transplant centers you are "allowed" to go to
      that are listed with your insurance (so they will pay more
      toward the transplant) and will be able to find out
      if they cover the transplant operation and how much
      they cover.
      Do not be afraid to call the Transplant Center for more
      information...that is what they are there for to help any
      patient who needs a transplant.

      I am posting a number of sites that will explain to you
      the transplant process, etc.

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html
      http://www.transplantliving.org/
      http://www.unos.org/
      http://www.liverfoundation.org/

      If you should need financial help...this is a cancer site,
      but is also a good resource for transplant patients
      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/support/financial-assistance
      http://www.transplantexperience.com/520.php
      http://www.transplantliving.org/beforethetransplant/finance/finance.aspx

      I will tell you that if the patient drinks alcohol, they may not
      be able to be placed on the transplant list until they have
      stop drinking it for a period of six months prior to be
      listed.

      The very best test to have done to see exactly how far
      damage the liver is, is a liver biopsy. Many transplant
      patients have diabetes either before or after the transplant.

      If you want to learn more about this disease of Cirrhosis
      and what to look for to help your relative...here are a few
      sites. The first one is multi page.
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373
      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cirrhosis/

      I wish I could give you a direct doctors name to go to...but
      I cannot. I hope this information is of some help to you.

  40. QUESTION:
    im 24 years old female and my doctor diagnosed me with a fatty liver?
    im 5'5 189lbs not obese, not too heavy of a drinker. how could my liver have gotten like this? is there medication or a special diet? any other info?

    • ANSWER:
      sorry you are OBESE a female who is 5 feet 5 should should weight more like 119 lb
      you are 70lb over weight.
      why are you 189 lb? that is a hippo weight not a short female one
      has your GP told you to lose weight? you are morbidly obese

      you are 1.64 m and 85.73 kg and that gives you a BMI of 31.87 Well over NORMAL or FAT its CLINICALLY OBESE

  41. QUESTION:
    Would you listen to a doctor that wanted to do a liver transplant on a 93 year old?
    They found a tumor on my Dad's liver and have referred him to a pushy (my opinion) transplant dicision of the hospital that is 2.5 hours away from my father's home. I question why they would want to tamper with the quality of life for a fully functioning, sympton and pain free person. Would you get another doc's opinion even if this referral was from a doc you respect?

    • ANSWER:
      In a nutshell, no, and i'd be wary of a couple of answers on here.

      Your father is too old for transplant, and even resection. RFA might be considered, or maybe chemoembolisation, but it's unlikley in an assymptomatic 93 year old.

      Whichever clown thinks tumour is a contraindication to liver transplantation clearly doesn't have a clue, it is often a reason they are sent for transplant. Providing is it a solitary hepatoma, not multi focal HCC, and that it is under 5cm in diameter it is transplantable. What prevents him being is that he is 93, as you are aware.

      Just refuse transplant and ask to be kept under surveillance in the community by your doctor. Ignore pushy American surgeons. It's why i moved back to the UK as they would operate for the funds more than medical benefits.

  42. QUESTION:
    my liver test came back high 179, the doctor was concerned and sent for more blood tests are thesr tests unus?
    are these liver tests unusually high at 179? my doctors concerned, and they've already ruled out coelliacs disease and other things.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    If I just took a blood test checking my liver and kidneys, will the doctor find that I drink and smoke?
    I started drinking at college starting last year and picked up cigarettes two months ago. (Don't worry, I'm not addicted yet and am planning on quitting)

    • ANSWER:
      first of all, and i dont care what you say, you are addicted to cigarettes, but if you quit now it will be a lot easier. i said the same thing when i started, and that was 3 years ago. Unless the doctor specifically tests you for a blood alcohol level then they cant tell you drink. but if you are a heavy drinker then you liver tests will show elevated enzymes and they will assume that you drink. also if you are a heavy drinker your liver may be enlarged but the size of you liver will depend on how much you drank and how long before the test you drank. most likely you should have normal liver tests unless you have been drinking like a 12 pack a day.

  44. QUESTION:
    My mother's is 72 years old her liver is damaged by cancer 40% do in this world any doctor or hospital can ope?
    My mother's is 72 years old her liver is damaged by cancer 40% do in this world any doctor or hospital can operate her, or its bossile to transplante her liver ?

    • ANSWER:
      Well,surly your mother is seeing a specialist by now.So,that being said....what is her current doctor suggesting for her care?

      I do know that when it comes to transplants? That most times the healthier/younger recipients are usually the first in line for the transplant list.
      And,at your mothers current age of 72? It's very possible that she may not be medically stable to endure such a procedure(surgical).This would definitely be considered when it comes to her being placed on the transplant list,such as her current health status,her age,and her possible outcome after any possible transplant.The truth is..many elderly patients especially at her age of 72....their outcome after such an invasive surgical procedure would likely be grim at best,and this would be considered when it comes to her receiving a liver transplant.And,also taking into consideration that there are so many younger recipients awaiting liver transplants,and who are much more healthier,and who's likely outcome for after care/recovery(after such an invasive surgical procedure) would be much greater than that of an elderly individual.

      Again...you should definitely speak with her doctor(specialist) in reference to her possible liver transplant,and ask what the possibility might be for her to have a transplant.I can't say for sure.
      Hope everything works out for your mother.
      Take care.

  45. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my liver is damaged without having to see a doctor?
    I was taking depakote medication and read it does liver damage...

    • ANSWER:
      Liver damage is detected by blood tests (liver function panel). Symptoms of liver disease may include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), itching, easy bleeding, swelling of the abdomen (ascites) etc.
      If you are concerned you need to see a doctor for an exam and blood work.

  46. QUESTION:
    Who is the most successfull doctor in india in operating liver cancer and hepatitis b?
    hi pls answer me because my uncle is suffering from liver cancer and hepatitis b that's why pls help!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Dr Subash Gupta at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital New Delhi

      +91-11-26925858 ex1112 email..guptasubash@hotmail.com

  47. QUESTION:
    Why does the doctor want to do blood tests to check my liver, kidney and thyroids etc?
    Im just curious as hes making an appointment for blood tests as he wants to check my kidney, liver, thyroids etc? why? What do you think he wants to check out?

    • ANSWER:
      im not a DR .. but they want to get an all around look at what your health is. and also.. if they dont and tsomething comes up in the future you can hire a lawyer and sue the Doc for not being thorough with his evaluations. thats why health care is so expensive too.. SEE? if he misses something they hold him responsible.. like no one dies anyway...

  48. QUESTION:
    Doctor says I have a Fatty filtrated liver?
    I got my test results done on my liver. The doctor said that it's Fatty filtrated? What does this mean, is it serious, and is this why I'm getting tired and sick in the evenings?

    He said he was going to find me a specialist to go to? What exactly are the bad things I'm about to have to look forward to?

    • ANSWER:
      do you drink achohol regularly?

      usually high deposits of fat in and around the liver is a result of steatosis (when abnormal amount of lipids is retained in a cell) due to freaquent alchohol use. It is a form of liver damage. (however, it can be caused from things other then alchohol, such as obesity, or other toxins, but this is the most common one)

      it is best to treat this as early as possible, during the early stages, it is still possible to reverse the damage done to your liver.

  49. QUESTION:
    How do doctor's check for liver damage?
    My friend overdosed on vicodin, and he said the hospital is going to check if he has allergies to the medication and to see if it has damaged his liver.

    How do they test for allergies to vicodin, and how do they test for liver damage?

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    I have Hep C, from a blood transfusion in 1982. My Liver is stage 3. My doctor wants to start meds but tells?
    Me I need to lose weight. I am 60 pounds over weight. I am having a struggle getting the weight off. Will I be okay if it takes me several months to drop the weight?

    • ANSWER:
      You should be fine, but I see no reason why the doctor should not start you on the medication right away even though you are overweight. I would ask why the weight loss would be a requirement for taking the medication. If this doctor continues to deny you due to the weight, I would find another doctor.