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Untreated Hashimoto's disease, had developed elevated liver enzymes while on medicine. Could Hashimoto's be causing this?

I have untreated Hashimotos disease. Have been on medication on and off. While off the medication, I developed elevated liver enzymes . I have had a liver biopsy and do not have liver disease yet my liver enzymes are still higher than normal. The liver specialist thinks it is from supplements or prescription medication. I know that is possible and he said I would have to be off the offender for several months to determine what is the cause. He does not want me to take any new medications or supplements. I am wondering if it could be the untreated Hashimotos that is causing the problem. My liver enzymes have been elevated from Sept 2009.
Asked On : Tue, 23 Oct 2012
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Hi there,

Thanks for your query.

Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disease, whereby which the immune system recognizes thyroid tissue as foreign and destroys it gradually.

Hashimoto's is commonly associated with other autoimmune disorders, such as, diabetes and celiac disease (allergy to wheat, rye, barley and their products). It is therefore possible that you may autoimmune hepatitis. This may account for persistently raised liver enzymes.

Thyroid hormone replacement therapy for hashimoto's does not ordinarily raise liver enzymes. You should therefore continue to take Thyroid hormone replacement therapy.

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Answered: Sun, 15 Dec 2013
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