autism and liver problems?
My 5 yr old son has autism. He does some self-injury behavior, so we are going to try some low dose meds. Before the psychiatrist would prescribe the meds, he wanted to make sure that his liver was functioning normally. When the tests came back there were a few numbers that were slightly off. His glucose was a little high (107, but he wasn't fasting), his bilirubin was low, his platelets were slightly low (148...150-400 is normal). His ALT was normal (55), but his AST was 121..more than twice the normal . During this time, my son was running a fever. He was taking ibuprofen. He has had a low grade fever for 12 days now. I have taken him to the doctor twice and phoned in several more times. They keep telling me that it is just a virus and it will run it's course.
Is 121 for the AST cause for concern? could it be due to an illness? could the fever and elevated AST be related? I'm worried because my son doesn't seem to feel well. He is non-verbal, so I have to do a lot of guessing. He is low energy, not eating very much and just doesn't look well.
I ran across some information on the internet talking about copper poisoning. It said that it could be a cause of autism. It also talked about liver damage. I wonder if he could have it?
The psychiatrist ordered a liver panel, but doesn't want me to take my son in for the test until the fever is gone.
I would call his doctor today except that it's the weekend. I plan on calling on Tuesday morning, but just wondered if anybody here could provide some information.
Last edited by boysboysboys; 05-25-2008 at 02:10 PM.