for Elevated Liver Enzymes Symptoms
are few outward symptoms of severe liver disease, such as pain
in the lower right chest region, a noticeable size increase
of the liver below the rib cage on the right, and visible jaundice
(yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) can all indicate
liver disease. The causes of elevated liver enzymes vary widely
depending upon the level and duration liver problems as well
as the overall comparison of many other blood test indications.
The liver can also be assessed by direct physical examination
by the doctor, ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, biopsy, and liver blood
tests. Dr. Bartell can help you determine the root cause of
liver diseases and help direct you with your health program
to allow liver detoxification and help your body to heal itself.
Evaluation and Testing can be done without a visit to our clinic.
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& Toxic Liver Diseases
three types of alcohol liver disease are fatty liver, acute
alcoholic hepatitis, and chronic alcoholic liver disease cirrhosis.
A fatty liver is commonly the first symptoms of liver disease
with alcohol injury to the liver producing symptoms of an increased
size of the liver due to fat buildup within the liver tissue.
Fatty liver is reversible at this point if healthy changes are
made. Symptoms of liver problems with acute alcoholic hepatitis
are acute onset of a fever, jaundice, tender enlargement of
the liver, and commonly occur after a bout of heavy drinking.
Severe hepatitis can result in death. Most patients with chronic
alcoholic liver disease have consumed the equivalency of a 350mL
bottle of 80 proof whisky daily for at least 10 years. About
30% of these heavy drinkers will have alcoholic hepatitis and
about 20% will develop cirrhosis. See below under cirrhosis
of the liver for cirrhosis symptoms.
and Drug-Induced Liver Disease
medications have a liver toxicity effect, and many are known
to have a very high liver toxicity effect. Two very common drugs
are acetaminophen pain relievers, and tetracycline antibiotics.
As with most medications, the higher the dosage and the stronger
the drug, the higher the liver toxicity effect it will have.
Chemotherapy drugs are very toxic to the body and are commonly
not recommended for liver cancer for this reason. When the toxicity
of the drug or medication reaches the liver, it produces liver
cell death which can often be detected by a blood test indicating
elevated liver enzymes.
type of chronic liver disease is caused by either a weakened
immune system most commonly seen in women or with a viral chronic
active type of hepatitis infection. Primary cirrhosis of the
liver occurs 90% of the time in middle-aged women. A damaged
immune system is generally the accepted cause for this type
of liver disease. Early symptoms of liver failure may not give
signs of liver failure until high or elevated liver enzymes
are seen on the blood test.
of the Liver
induced by alcohol 30-60%, viral hepatitis infections 10-30%,
biliary blockage as with gall stones 10%, and immune deficiency
liver disease 10%. Cirrhosis is characterized as liver cell
death over an extended period of time with a progressive pattern
leading to liver failure and death. In the early stages, there
is enlargement of the liver, but then a reduction in size is
observed with a nodular characteristic. The poor flow of blood
return through the liver will result in portal hypertension
which will produce symptoms that include vomiting blood, tarry
black stool as a result of the blood, enlarged spleen, dilated
veins and swelling in the abdomen, and hemorrhoids. Liver failure
symptoms from the death of the liver cells will commonly also
produce foul smelling breath, spider veins on the skin, enlarged
breasts, jaundice, ankle edema, anemia, and a tendency toward
bleeding problems. Cirrhosis is a major risk factor for primary
liver cancer and may show one or more of the above liver disease
Benign and Cancerous Liver Tumors
benign (not cancerous) tumors or cysts are common, and through
medical evaluation and testing, determination of a cancer diagnosis
can be ruled out. Primary liver cancer tumors begin within the
liver cells and are three times more likely in men than in women.
This type of cancer is thought to be caused mainly by a fungus,
or by hepatitis B viral infection usually affecting those 30-50
years of age. 80% of patients who develop this cancer have cirrhosis
of the liver.
(secondary) Liver Cancer
is when a primary cancer has spread to another area. Metastasis
accounts for the majority of liver cancers. Almost any type
of cancer in the body can spread to the liver, but the most
common are digestive tract cancers, breast, lung, and malignant
melanoma skin cancer. Symptoms of metastatic carcinoma include
massive liver enlargement with nodules. The prognosis for metastatic
liver cancer is very poor.
at our clinic we help patients across the country with all types
of health conditions including elevated liver enzymes and liver
failure symptoms. Liver detoxification and immune system
supportive therapies along with diet and lifestyle changes can
help restore health and balance to the liver reversing chronic
conditions. This holistic naturopathic approach utilizes
only natural methods to help the body by supporting the body's
own process of healing. The body can overcome most chronic
and acute conditions if natural alternative medicine principles
such as detoxification, support of the immune system, and physiological
balance is achieved
If you have lab work indicating elevated liver enzymes, liver
problems or liver failure and would like help with your liver
condition or illness, tour our website and learn more about
Dr. Bartell, our clinic and about our natural holistic approach
through alternative medicine. We believe that every person can
be helped when the body is able to return to balance.
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