Elevated Liver Enzymes Causes
Elevated liver enzymes causes
can range over a variety of underlying medical conditions and other situations. Some common causes of elevated liver enzymes are:
Adrenal insufficiency (insufficient hormone levels from the adrenal gland)
, primary sclerosing cholangitis
, primary biliary cirrhosis, or other autoimmune disorders of the liver or bile ducts
Biliary tract obstruction
Disorders of the muscles
, Wilson's disease, or other metabolic liver diseases
(rarely a sign of elevated liver enzymes)
Medications such as some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cholesterol medications, anti-biotics or anti-seizure medicines.
Prolonged circulatory system collapse (shock)
Steatohepatitis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
Tumors of the liver, the pancreas or bile ducts
Using too much of kava kava, comfrey, pennyroyal, skullcap, or particular other herbal supplements
(acute viral hepatitis A, B; chronic hepatitis C)
Please bear in mind that this is not a complete list of potential elevated liver enzymes causes. Additionally, having one or more of these medical conditions does not mean that a patient must necessarily have elevated liver enzymes. You can read further about various kinds of liver disease
: some might lead to raised enzymes and others may not. Liver function tests
are used to determine whether or not the enzymes are increased.
You should talk with your doctor directly regarding treatment
options for elevated liver enzymes, as the underlying condition may change which treatments are better or worse for your case. If the suspected cause has been found, it may be useful toward selecting a treatment method to undergo.
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