Your Liver Enzymes Level

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:
  • Hemochromatosis
  • 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:
minimal body hair
very pale stools
intolerance of both garlic and onion
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very low sperm count
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significant right lumbar pain
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
broad-spectrum antibiotic use
mild abdominal discomfort
chronic nausea
allergy to chemicals
... 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:
Cause Probability Status
Hemochromatosis 93% Confirm
Liver Congestion 67% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Liver Enzymes. Are your liver enzymes elevated?
Possible responses:
→ 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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