I went to the doctor last week because my eyes were yellow; I also had itchy skin, dark urine, fatigue, low-grade nausea, and had lost 15 pounds in the last month. My doctor could feel that my liver was enlarged. I got a CT-Scan which completely ruled out cancer; in fact, all of my organs looked great (except liver enlarged). However, my liver function test numbers were gigantically elevated. Blood tests have ruled out hepatitis. My doctor thinks it is some kind of viral problem, but has no idea what. I had new blood work today, and my numbers went down by 50%, but still quite high--any ideas?
There are types of hepatitis that are caused by things other than the hepatitis virus. I would ask for Dr to add on a test for mono, an ANA, and anti-mitochondrial antibodies. Mono can cause hepatitis and the ANA is to consider lupus hepatitis. The 3rd is a check for primary biliary cirrhosis. Also consider any new drugs you have started on, as some can cause quite severe liver damage as a side effect. Alcohol history must be considered as well, an a GGT blood enzyme is most specific for that, if you drink. Excess Tylenol use can cause liver damage too. Those additional tests should be added on today so they can be run over weekend and you'll have additional info Mon.
Hilaria..what were your numbers? I just found out my liver enzymes went up. I have not done anything different or added any drugs or suppliments.I don't know what is the borderline of being really bad. Does anyone?
Liver enzymes can go over 10 times the normal range, so even 500 on ALT, AST. But they can also recover completely from those levels, depending on cause. An additional idea is to get ferritin checked, the amount of stored iron in liver, as a check for hemachromatosis. This could be added on to serum at lab as well.