High ammonia in urine

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1008841_tn?1293602560 It measures the level of ammonia in your blood. When it is high it is not much fun. The explaination in Hector SF's post is so accurate. The first indication for me that it is high is that my hands shake and I can't write and it's hard to hold fork or spoon. I also get confused easily and can't sort things out. Sometimes I think I'm okay - until I get it in control again and look back. Lactulose has been part of my regime for quite awhile and I know when I need to up the dose.
Avatar_f_tn I think I started this post just to ask if he would excrete ammonia in his urine if his levels were high; it's beginning to appear to me that this is the case. Any idea if this is an early or later sign of the progression of this disease? Without him agreeing to see the doctor, I have to depend on the knowledge of others.
Avatar_f_tn Anyone else have this? I'm 35 weeks and my urine smells like ammonia. No burning when I go no fever...
Avatar_m_tn 10 to 80 mcg/dL Your liver may not work properly if you have high levels of ammonia in your blood. Ammonia is a chemical made by bacteria in your intestines while you process protein. Your body treats ammonia as a waste product. It turns it into glutamine and urea. Then the urea travels to the kidneys and is eliminated in your urine. Ammonia will build up if the liver is too damaged to get rid of urea. This can sometimes happen if you have advanced liver disease.
Avatar_n_tn Hello, Ammonia smell in urine could be due to bacterial infection in the urinary tract without regular symptoms of UTI, dehydration, consumption of red meat or high protein foods. I think you should consult your doctor and get the urine examined for infection, ketones etc. You may also need to get a urine culture done. Frequent urination can also be due to urine infection or kindey conditions and diabetes. Your blood sugar levels also need to be checked. Hope this helps.
Avatar_n_tn Hello, Ammonia smell in urine could be due to bacterial infection in the urinary tract without regular symptoms of UTI, dehydration, consumption of red meat or high protein foods. I think you should consult your doctor and get the urine examined for infection, ketones etc. You may also need to get a urine culture done. Frequent urination can also be due to urine infection or kindey conditions and diabetes. Your blood sugar levels also need to be checked. Hope this helps.
Avatar_m_tn Most ammonia in the body forms when protein is broken down by bacteria in the intestines. The liver normally converts ammonia into urea, which is then eliminated in urine. Ammonia levels in the blood rise when the liver is not able to convert ammonia to urea. This may be caused by cirrhosis or severe hepatitis. Since you are on this forum I assume you have hep c? Are you experiencing the effects of toxic buildup in your blood? Hepatic encephalopathy.
Avatar_n_tn I am overwright but consider myself athletic. I can smell the ammonia in my nose and on my breath. I've had blood work done and my liver function is normal, ammonia levels normal, blood glucose and a1c is normal. I have been diagnosed with non -alcoholic fatty liver and I have insulin resistance. Anything would be helpful!
Avatar_n_tn Hi, How are you? Ammonia smell in urine could be due to bacterial infection in the urinary tract without regular symptoms of UTI, dehydration, consumption of red meat or high protein foods. I would suggest that you get a urine analysis with culture and visit a urologist for further confirmation. Best.
190885_tn?1333029491 The liver normally converts ammonia into urea, which is then eliminated in urine. Ammonia levels in the blood rise when the 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.
Avatar_m_tn My doctor thinks I'm crazy... Says if I had enough ammonia in my blood to smell it in my nose, I'd have serious mental issues. I always thought ammonia was a later stage cirrhosis issue and not an early warning. I didn't have this problem when I was drinking more. It has only developed during (slow) withdrawal. I know lots of fats come out of your liver during alcohol detox and I'm hoping this is just a artifact.
Avatar_n_tn So any problems in this part of the digestive system can result in higher than normal ammonia level. For example; In patients with advanced cirrhosis, the liver is no longer able to metabolize the ammonia and convert it to urea so the ammonia builds up the in body producing and travels to the person's brain with psychological and other effects. If you have advanced liver disease you blood levels for bilirubin, creatinine, and INR should be abnormal.
Avatar_f_tn A previous blood test done earlier this year with my primary doctor only showed an elevated liver function which is why I visited the gastro in the first place. No word of high ammonia levels till now. The only difference is i started drinking protein shakes in the morning for breakfast. Could this have anything to do with it? what other causes could their be?
Avatar_m_tn It is then process by the liver and eliminated through the kidneys in your urine. So any problems in this part of the digestive system can result in higher than normal ammonia level. For example; In patients with advanced cirrhosis, the liver is no longer able to metabolize the ammonia and convert it to urea so the ammonia builds up the in body producing and travels to the person's brain with psychological and other effects.
Avatar_m_tn Pylori test but they came up negative. I found that a diet low in protein and high in low glycemic carbs help the smell lessing. My doctor suggest I have some hormone tests taken to ensure there is not a imbalance, I have not taken them yet, but I will let you know when I do. I hope knowing that you are no longer alone in this battle well give you some comfort.
1481758_tn?1287642243 i had to be taken to the emergency room the other night, i was having all the symtoms of a heart attack,dizzy,short of breath,numb hands&feet,shaking,cold tingel all over my body,pale,clamy skin,pressure on my chesh,blacking out,couldnt shut my hands,upset stomich. does this sound like high ammonia level or a hart attach? i was treated for high ammonia level & i still dont feel right.
Avatar_f_tn Hi Thanks for writing to the forum! The smell of ammonia in the urine comes from "urea". Bacteria that contaminate the urine will convert chemicals in the urine into smelling chemicals that are responsible for the distinctive smell, such as ammonia. You can give his urine sample for testing. With a kidney stone chances of infection are high. Some foods like proteins cause the excretion of nitrogen compounds (ammonia and urea). Hence these foods can be reduced in diet.
Avatar_m_tn The neurologist found my carnitine levels are low and my ammonia is high. My great grandmother passed away from muscular dystrophy (not sure if it's important). If you are deficient in carnitine does that mean you have the metabolic muscular disease? Could the low carnitine levels explain the mild pulmonary hypertension which in turns explains the decreased diffusion capacity? Could it explain all the symptoms?
Avatar_n_tn Hi, How are you? The strong smell of ammonia in the urine comes from "urea", a by-product of urine. A diet high in protein or infection with helicobacter bacteria may be responsible. Proteins contain nitrogen and the nitrogen is eventually converted to ammonia and passes through the sweat glands and kidneys.Have this checked by your doctor for proper management. The medical history and some diagnostic tests may help determine the underlying cause. Take care and do keep us posted.
2147300_tn?1369693288 Prior to dx I had noticed a change in the color of my urine. It was of a darker tone and had a particular odor about it. I had recognized this prior to my first dx and tx back in 2003. I sensed something wrong and kept track of changes in diet and habits but could not put my finger on it. I suspected elevated alt and ast as the color would be dead liver cells my body was ridding.
1200909_tn?1306818681 nd tthey tested my urine, came back with blood in urine does anybody have blood in urine? and has anybody asked theirr doctor about the dark urine? if so, please let me know what they said please.
Avatar_m_tn The most common cause for darker urine is dehydration. If one is cirrhotic and has a high level of bilirubin will cause urine to darken.
Avatar_n_tn My first suggestion would be to go see your regular doctor (not the OB) a regular general practitioner so that you can have a full physical. The urine smell is probably an ammonia smell and there are some causes for an ammonia smell including a skin infection with Helicobacter (this is a bacteria), a high protein diet, liver problems, etc. If everything checks out with your regular doctor, I think my next suggestion would be to see an endocrinologist. Good luck and keep me posted.
Avatar_n_tn Strong smell in the urine can be due to dehydration, protein in urine (due to high BP), increased ammonia in urine (dehydration or infection), or due to certain metabolic disorders. Pain in the groin or during ejaculation can be due to a prostate inflammation or infection and will need further evaluation in the form of physical examination and investigations. You will need to consult your doctor or a urologist to have your kidney function evaluated and to check for any prostate enlargement.
Avatar_n_tn I agree that panic is never useful, but ants being attracted to urine is a sign of significant sugar in urine which is a sign of high blood sugar. The OP didn't state if they were having other symptoms, and sometimes people do have symptoms but don't recognize them. (Such as feeling tired but attributing it to lifestyle, etc). I agree it is a good idea for the OP to get tested.
Avatar_n_tn She had blood drawn again Wednesday and besides a bladder infection (which is causing her to have blood in her urine) her ammonia level is high again. From what I have read, this can be caused by the deterioration of her liver. At what stage are we at now? Can this problem be controlled? What else if anything can we do? She has been treated previously for esophogeal varicies and abdominal acetes(sp). I don't know how much more she can take.
1057060_tn?1266516726 oh the only thing I can think of is if it was amniotic fluid it would continuously leak and not even kegal excercise would help stop it. Just to be sure is to call the doc.
Avatar_m_tn Im so confused because the doctor said this is all so very serious, however, he seems to be in very high spirits and has been in a great mood for the last two days. His normal personality has come back and he's acting completely like himself again. He has even started to eat again, bread and peanut butter with the denamarin and he ate an egg yolk today. He has never been sick before and I am worrying sick about him.
Avatar_f_tn Body builders and weight lifter typically have higher CPK(MM) than the normal population due to the breakdown of muscle from lifting. They also tend to spill protein in their urine, have elevated serum protein levels and have high myoglobulin levels. Since they identified the CPK is linked to muscle, I suspect that the CPK(MB) levels were normal. That would indicate no breakdown in the cardiac muscle. This elevation in CPK(MM) sounds very specific to to skeletal muscle breakdown.
Avatar_n_tn He said that they get negative results in blood and urine until about the 4th month before it starts to show positive. That kinda gave me some hope there. So, I guess as long as we don't see no blood whatsoever, that's a positive sign in itself that pregnancy is a possibility!! Let's keep the faith yall!