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What can cause an elevated CEA level?

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Dr. Esmeralda Sera

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Posted on Tue, 12 Jun 2018 in Cancer
Question: My cea level is 9.1, I just quit smoking and drinking. Chronic diarrhea x 1 year. What do you think?
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Answered by Dr. Esmeralda Sera 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
CEA

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for asking

There is a correlation between smoking and elevated CEA levels. Smoking reduces the ability of the immune system to produce the antibodies needed to fight off antigens .Serum CEA levels rise with each cigarette smoked.

In my opinion you should repeat your test after 1-2 months.
If you have diarrhea how has not been diagnosed than a colonoscopy will help

Best regards

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Follow up: Dr. Esmeralda Sera 17 minutes later
Is CEA LEVEL of 9.1.... smokers levels are usually 5
I've had a colonoscopy. Polyps removed before cea test.
Have an apt with GI DOC next week

Just want an answer regarding my CEA AT 9.1

See above
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Answered by Dr. Esmeralda Sera 22 minutes later
Brief Answer:
CEA

Detailed Answer:
Hello again

In my opinion your CEA level it’s not related to cancer in your case due to the fact that is not that high

Exept the fact that you are former smoker also infection, inflammatory bowel disease, polips of bowl can rise the CEA level
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