my husband has had extremely high liver counts for the past 3 years or so,we were told his liver is producing upwards of 3000 times more iron than he needs every day, his sugars are good and collesterol levels are just above normal, he was informed recently that he is severely lacking in vitamin D and put on medication, after having no end of blood tests, an ultrasound on the liver to all be clear other than contact with Hep A at some point in his life, he's now got to have a biospy on his liver asap, his doc isn't giving away anything in relation to causes or reasons so I need to know if I should be concerned or worried about the outcomes and prognosis, as it hasn't been explained what has caused this issue ie: which diseases or worse,(cancer) could we be facing in the near future,
Hi amj93, I'm not a doctor but I have a few thoughts for you...
No need to waste a perfectly good panic at this point, though your liver is important and when something is going on with it you need to keep up with the doctors and try not to delay appointments and referrals any more than you have to. Getting to the bottom of what ever is going on as soon as possible is the most important thing to focus on.
When enzymes and iron are sky high it could mean several things. If a disease process (hepatitis, alcohol, toxins from work, drugs prescribed or otherwise, or bile ducts blocked by stones) is damaging the liver, the high cell turnover can dump a lot of iron into the blood. The liver is where the body stores iron.
Statins (lipitor etc) prescribed for cholesterol can cause liver damage, and if he's on statins you might ask the doctor if it might be wise for him to go off these until you learn exactly what is going on.
Hemochromatosis is a genetic condition where the body absorbs too much iron from food and when this iron builds up to a critical level it starts damaging the liver. Hemochromatosis is often not diagnosed until it starts causing major problems because iron studies aren't usually done in routine blood labs. It is often diagnosed in men in their 40s or early 50s as this is when the iron buildup usually starts causing major problems.
If it is hemochromatosis, this is a good thing, as it is easy to treat without toxic drugs. They just bleed off excess iron through weekly or bi-weekly "phlobotomies" or blood donations until the iron overload is resolved.
If it's not hemochromatosis, it will be important to work on whatever is causing his liver distress as quickly as possible. Iron is a very powerful pro-oxidant and can cause a lot of other problems if it is not resolved swiftly.
Good advise from Bill.
I feel sure with the high number your doc should have already taken you husband off Statins, like lipitor,for cholesterol. But if not ask the doc about other cholesterol med. My doc put me on a cholestyramine powder that you mix with juice or water. Rough to take but does not effect the liver. The only side effect that I have had while on the powder is constipation.