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.
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:
very low sperm count
very oily/sticky stools
fatty food intolerance
reduced mental clarity
mid-right abdominal discomfort
undigested fat in stools
severe fatigue after slight exertion
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
darker/redder skin color
... 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: