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Article Home Adult and Senior Health Elevated liver enzymes

Elevated liver enzymes

The liver performs dozens of functions that are important to metabolism. Liver enzymes make many of these processes possible. There are literally thousands of enzymes in the human liver. But when some of these enzymes accumulate at elevated levels, problems can result.


Elevated liver enzymes usually mean the liver isn't functioning properly and some liver cells are being damaged.

Elevated enzymes are a clue that some form of liver disorder has developed, even if no symptoms have presented themselves. If you have elevated liver enzymes, you'll usually need specific tests to determine exactly what's wrong. These tests could be an MRI, biopsy, ultrasound, CT scan, and liver blood tests.

Causes of elevated liver enzymes

Elevated liver enzymes may be caused by any of the following, or a combination

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