What Causes Elevated Liver Enzyme Levels?
Elevated liver enzyme levels can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose elevated liver enzyme levels, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "elevated liver enzyme levels" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
- Liver Congestion
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
dark areas under eyes
history of ovarian cysts
reduced mental clarity
minimal body hair
cysts in breasts
current exposure to solvents
metallic taste in mouth
severe abdominal pain
no desire to recover from alcoholism
regular runny nose
history of CFS diagnosis
... and more than 40 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of elevated liver enzyme levels:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Liver Enzymes. Are your liver enzymes elevated?
→ Don't know
→ No (they are normal)
→ In the past only
→ Currently slightly
→ Current significantly
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate normal liver enzyme levels, history of elevated liver enzymes or elevated liver enzymes, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Hemochromatosis (Iron overload)
A common early sign of progressive iron overload is symptom-free elevation of liver enzymes, which can be accompanied by recurrent right-sided abdominal pain and liver enlargement. Liver disease, which is present in as many as 95% of patients with iron overload, is the most common complication.
... and also rule out issues such as:
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