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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am going this PM for some tests because my liver enzymes are high. I take 80 mg of cholesterol meds daily and get cortisone shots for allergies. I am also on antibiotics a lot for sinus infections---I do drink some--what would the most likely cause be?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read your query
User :   Hi---did you see my question?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   can you tell me your age, weight, height ? please
User :   I am 55 approx 5' 6" and 175 lbs
Doctor :   are u taking statins for cholesterol control ?
User :   Yes---high cholesterol and haear disease run in my family. My mother does not have a problem. My dad died of heart disease at age 46
Doctor :   Statins like atovastatin can be associated with liver enzyme elevation
Doctor :   the other cause could be alcoholic liver disease, which causes alcoholic hepatitis
User :   Not necessarily liver cancer?
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   it does not cause liver cancer
User :   Is alcoholic hepatitis reversible?
Doctor :   yes , if u stop drinking , the findings will reverse over a period of 6 months
User :   Ok---they are going to do an ultrasound today---how much can they see with the ultrasound?
Doctor :   yes, most probably they will do a ultraosound, as it is the next logical step
User :   Ok Doc---thanks for your help
Doctor :   this ultrasound, can find any kind of tissue changes and damage in the liver
Doctor :   You are most welcome ,
User :   any other organ damage cause this elevation?
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   liver enzymes are specific to the liver
User :   Ok---I'm gone--thanks
Doctor :   as they are produced by the liver cells only
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   take care and bye for now
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