Ammonia levels in the brain

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High <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels lead to <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>brain</span> fog. I used 2 amino acids (arginine and orthinine as suggested by Dr. H. Clark in her book on HIV, only one page was about HCV).
Hi Jugs— I’m sorry to hear about you uncle’s condition; I hope he recovers soon. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels only require monitoring in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> presence of decompensated cirrhosis; only about 5% of Hep C patients will progress to this point. It is not required to check plasma ammonia testing in the vast majority of HCV patients. Out of curiosity, what inspired you to discuss this with the medical staff in the first place?
This is all speculative now, because it's early in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> diagnosis process. I went to <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> emergency room for abdominal pain twice in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> last 10 mo. Had gallbladder surgery in April, 4 episodes of chest pain, angioplasty, EGD, ERCP, inflammed stomach and esophagus, post ERCP pancreatitis, weight loss, fatigue, and now this. I had colon CA in 1979. A tumor was found during emergency surgery, required blood transfusions. This is the only thing I can point to as the possible way I got it.
the liver which is decompromised cannot metabolize the waste products hence there is an elevation of blood <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels resulting in encephalopathy. Also, iincreased levels of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> may also be seen with gastrointestinal bleeding, where the blood cells are haemolysed in the intestines, releasing protein. the treatment is directed at the cause and in giving life support measures.
<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>brain</span> damage caused by high <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels not to mention accelerated liver damage are not what you want either right? I think the better part of valor is to tolerate the taste so that you can keep your wits about you...unless dymentia, brain fog and liver failure sound good to you.
At some point tonight the doctor is going to try to wake him from <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> coma in order to speak with a couple family members (also, what is <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> realistic hope of this wake-up attempt being successful?). I'm aware I might sound a bit pessimistic, but he's already outlived his prognosis by 2-3 times. I just want to know what to expect.
the acidification of the contents of the gut causes a reduction in the absorption of a chemical called <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span>. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> presence of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> gut causes water to be drawn into <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> lower bowel, which causes an increase in the water content and volume of the stools, therefore relieving constipation. Lactulose is also used in higher doses to help reduce a complication associated with liver disease called hepatic encephalopathy.
the pathogenesis (cause) of hepatic encephalopathy is complex and not completely defined, but it is clear that nitrogenous wastes, particularly ammonia, derived from the gut play a major role in the observed disruptions of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>brain</span> function. Bacteria residing in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> large bowel (colon) produce <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> that is absorbed into the bloodstream leading to the liver.
I am fairly confident that <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> high <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels are a result of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> liver not working . <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> liver can fix itself to a point, alcohol will destroy it to the point of not being able to repair itself. everybody reacts different to the ammonia levels, my mother;s level was at 220 and she should have been comatose, but wasn't.. are they giving him the lactalose to lower the levels?
Chemicals (one being ammonia) normally detoxified by the liver accumulate in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> bloodstream because <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> liver is too damaged to properly clean them from <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> blood so these toxins go to the brain and can disrupt normal brain function causing confusion, sleep disturbances, slurred speech, drowsiness, stupor and finally coma, which can be fatal without emergency care.
Some experts believe that HCV itself may affect the central nervous system, or that the virus may alter or stimulate <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> immune system in ways that impact <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>brain</span>. In addition, “<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>brain</span> fog” may be related to fatigue, lack of sleep, stress, depression, or side effects of interferon. But in people without advanced cirrhosis, the liver is usually still able to process toxins and blood usually still flows well through the liver.
I know 60 is <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> high in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> normal range.My doctor <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> last time I seen him in March said that you can't worry about those numbers,that its how he feels is whats important.He says he feels ok.the facility dr said he is worried about swelling of the brain with that high levels.I ask them when he 1st went in if a prisoner can get a TP and they said yes.I am constantly trying to get on the phone with them and do their job and take care of myself..I just worry about my son like a mother would..
In patients with advanced cirrhosis, the liver is no longer able to metabolize the ammonia and convert it to urea so <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> builds up <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> in body producing and travels to <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> person's <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>brain</span> with psychological and other effects. If you have advanced liver disease you blood levels for bilirubin, creatinine, and INR should be abnormal. Did your doctor perform a "liver panel"? "Muscle aches and arthritic type pain" are not symptoms of ammonia buildup by the way.
Since not all persons with cirrhosis are affected by elevated ammonia levels what’s the point in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> test? Some persons are greatly affected with slightly elevated <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels while others with experience no symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy with high ammonia levels or vice versa. Seeming that the test is irrelevant or at least this is the way of thinking by my hepatologist during my most recent visit to the transplant center in my area. So why do we even talk about it?
Ideally, when elevated levels of ammonia is found in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> setting of Depakote therapy, close monitoring of plasma levels should be done every week. If the elevation should persist, discontinuation of this drug should be considered. the interpretation of migraines as the cause of the tiny lesions on MRI are only suggestive and are not absolute. the lesions are probably non-specific and could have been caused by other conditions. Hope this answers your query.
My brother has a liver disease called Wilsons and his <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels are staying in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> 163 140 230 its been low a few times like 42 this has been going on since September 19 he has been in the hospital since they give lacalos for his condition but they called us in yesterday and said his liver has shut down they took him of the list because his levels are to high and i want tho know of he was to have surgery with levels that high can our do more damage
the ER did a CT of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>brain</span> and it was OK. they admitted her. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> hospital did bloodwork. As ususal <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> liver enzymes were elevated. Saturday morning they indicated her ammonia level was at 187 and her platelets were 50,000. they did a CT on the abdoman and the only thing he said he saw was a large kidney stone. She had a kidney infection. they gave her lactulose. This is Sunday and she has not totally come out of this spell.
When these waste products are not expelled from the body, they create the product of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span>. Too much <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> can lead to disorientation and swelling of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>brain</span>. If your problem is liver related, you will need to go to a gastroenterologist for exam and bloodwork to measure what is in your blood - including ammonia levels and your liver enzymes. I have had a liver biopsy 2 years ago and found out I had the cirrhosis.
It sure is frustrating yah know? I mean I never know when her <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels will get so high that shes back in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> I.C.U. All I do is pray every night that she will be okay the next day. Well, I have a question um,how hard do u think it would be to have the docs take some of my liver out to give it to her? She's got hep c pretty bad. It's at a level 4.I figure since I'm 22,I young enough to bounce back from it. I would sure like to get ur input on that. I hope to hear from u soon!
He was just told he needed to be on a no protein diet and is taking the lactulose. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> last time he was in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> hospital his <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> level was 250. He was not responding to anyone and it mimicked a stroke. He received IV therapy and a blood transfusion at this time also. Would increasing his lactulose on the onset of increased confusion (he is always slightly confused now) help clear some more of the ammonia out?
I spent what seemed like <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> majority of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> day in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> bathroom. But I did improve and was able to resume life, so don't lose hope.
He was just told he needed to be on a no protein diet and is taking the lactulose. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> last time he was in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> hospital his <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> level was 250. He was not responding to anyone and it mimicked a stroke. He received IV therapy and a blood transfusion at this time also. Would increasing his lactulose on the onset of increased confusion (he is always slightly confused now) help clear some more of the ammonia out?
By using lactulose and rifaximin in the proper amounts <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> levels of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> and other toxins are reduced. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> is created when food such as animal protein is not being digested properly. the rifaximin modifies the breakdown of food in the intestine. Lactulose keeps the digested food from staying in the intestines and creating ammonia and other toxins. I have had various levels of HE and when my mind is clear I can think as well as ever. Many friends have been comatose from HE.
the liver normally converts <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> into urea, which is then eliminated in urine. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> blood rise when <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> liver is not able to convert ammonia to urea. This may be caused by cirrhosis or severe hepatitis. Take enough lactulose to have 3-4 bowel movements per day and your ammonia level will drop and you will feel better. Normal is 15-60 mcg/dL. It usually that a day or a couple of days for the ammonia levels to drop. I am not sure of your health status.
He presently takes Lactulose, but has been hospitalized in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> past to help with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> high <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels. A low protein diet sometimes helps with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels, but not always. the only thing that has recently helped my brother with symptoms is the "Alzheimer's patch." I won't mention the name of the medication or the pharmaceutical company, and no--I'm not a rep for the company. It is being used off-label by my brother's doctor and his quality of life has improved dramatically.
what are <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> levels for amonia in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> liver my sister was just told hers was at 260 she does have hepc
anything that interferes with the breakdown of ammonia in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> system will increase serum levels. Also keep in mind that it is <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy that are used to diagnose HE. This is especially important for caregivers as they may be able to recognize the symptoms which the cirrhotic may be completely oblivious to due to the impact the HE has on our brain function. the severity of HE is judged according to your symptoms.
This can occur at the late stages of liver disease as the liver begins to fail more and more and is unable to clean <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> blood of toxins as it does in a healthy person. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels do not always correspond with HE. 75 is not that high. I have ammonia levels that high on a regular basis. then again I'm sure many on this forum thinks that explains a lot. Vomiting blood due to varceal bleeding in also a common common complication of ESLD.