Ammonia and lab

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1008841 tn?1293602560 that is to say, some patients who have hepatic encephalopathy (HE, or confusion due to liver dysfunction) do not have elevated ammonia levels, and sometimes ammonia levels can be elevated without apparent HE -- docs usually use the guidelines Hector provided above to diagnose HE as opposed to just declaring it based on ammonia levels. Flowerchild: you can calculate your own MELD score if you have a copy of your lab reports from bloodwork by using this site: http://www.mayoclinic.
1475202 tn?1536274577 Which is why patients with overt HE are advised to avoid red meats which during digestion create a lot of ammonia. Other sources of serum ammonia are the kidneys and skeletal muscle. Normally, ammonia is metabolized by the liver. When the liver function is impaired, shunting of blood around the liver, and increased muscle wasting all lead to increased serum ammonia levels in cirrhotic patients. But ammonia isn't the only toxin involved in HE.
Avatar m tn my mother was very lethargic and we took her to ER. She had an ammonia levels of 169. would this be the reason and is this related to the liver?
Avatar m tn I have 57 ammonia level in July and in August 97 ammonia level. Took Lactulose and two weeks later had 101 and added the antibiotic effixir (sp) just last week. Will this be chronis? Is there hope to get it down and keep it down? The test showed a slightly enlarged liver. Could this be caused from spreading fertilizer, coloring my hair and spraying poision? I cut out the protein except for fish, eggs and a few other things. Driking lots more water to flush my system. Any other suggestions.
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 Hi Welcome to the MedHelp forum! The ammonia level is tested primarily to investigate behavior changes and changes in consciousness in adults such as mental changes, disorientation, sleepiness, or lapse into a coma. An ammonia level is also done to detect and evaluate the severity of a urea cycle defect. The normal adult values are 15-45 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL) which can vary from lab to lab.
Avatar f tn I started having auditory/visual disturances with headaches in my early teens. Progressively worsened until I finally spoke with my PCP last spring. Referred my to psychiatrist. Ran a barrage of blood work, MRI/MRA, and EEG. Everything was negative except for a nearly zilch B12 level. He diagnosed me with seizure disorder NOS, bipolar disorder NOS, and psychosis NOS. The psychiatrist tried a multitude of meds that either didn't work or caused very unpleasant side effects.
1654058 tn?1407162666 The normal values listed here-called a reference range-are just a guide. These ranges vary from lab to lab, and your lab may have a different range for what’s normal. Your lab report should contain the range your lab uses. Also, your doctor will evaluate your results based on your health and other factors. This means that a value that falls outside the normal values listed here may still be normal for you or your lab.
Avatar n tn 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. Did your doctor perform a "liver panel"? "Muscle aches and arthritic type pain" are not symptoms of ammonia buildup by the way.
Avatar n tn However, last visit with GI doc one test out of wack, i.e., Ammonia test was abnormal and ultrasound of liver indicated inflammation. But the DNA, ALT/AST, TBIL, AFP etc were all still w/i the normal range. Lactulose was prescribed (oral solution - 20 mgs twice daily for 6 weeks). Is it possible for the lactulose to clear the toxins from my bloodsteam and the inflamation in my liver to subside?
5611452 tn?1370974704 Shelley, the lactulose is really essential for managing your digestive tract and minimizing the build up of ammonia and other toxins. The higher the ammonia level, the more severe the HE, and the more severe the HE, the more difficult it will be for you and your liver doc to manage your liver disease. You have to control the HE, so that you can manage your meds, your diet, and other aspects of your liver care. Please don't skip your lactulose.
Avatar n tn 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 m tn 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.
1475202 tn?1536274577 I have end stage cirrhosis (c) Anyone care to give an opinion of my lab results?
1481758 tn?1287642243 Also take 20mg zolpidem and 1mg clonazepam ea nite and zyrtech 10mg every night and sometimes supplement w/benedryl 50mg if allergies and/sleep issues. Also take lots of Aleve and Tyenol and was drinking wine frequently, but stopped drinking and started eating better and hyrdrating, was also low in potassium. Does this all sound like this giant ball of dehydration combined could contribute to the high ammonia levels?
Avatar f tn David A. Jernigan's), has formulas to address ammonia issues in lyme, CFS and other chronic illnesses. http://www.endfatigue.com/qa/Questions_and_answers_0209.
Avatar n tn He had ascites, low platelets, elevated INR, edema, and an elevated ammonia level, plus he has esophegeal varicies that have not bleed. He is a recovering alcoholic who has not had a drink since 1991. They were unable to do a biopsy due to his bleeding factors. We are trying to figure out just how bad things are and what kind of time frame are we looking at for possible transplant. Has anyone gotten to this point or know of anyone that can give us some advice.
Avatar f tn dear dr,i want to ask that my baby 3rd day of life today,his ammonia level is 98..and all other lab findings are now normal allhumdulilah...can anyone plz tell me is this level is dangerous??bcz now dr NPO baby n gve iv fluid and send test for IEM.
1475202 tn?1536274577 Your bilirubin looks better. Your platelet count and ammonia level are the only things that jump out at me. Be well,.
Avatar n tn I have no family here and I have cirrhosis I just had an episode of confusion and my lab test showed that my ammonia level was 174 when I went to the hospital. I am very afraid of dying alone and no one being aware of my passing. I am taking Xiflaxin and a Beta bloker. My Doctor did prescribe lactoluse for me but I have not taken any because I thought it was for diarrhea and I have no problems with bowel movement. Should I be taking it?
Avatar n tn Am not sure if this is the right place to post this question I had a 24 hour urine test the other day and I was not given any instruction by the lab . The container I was provided with had an acidic preservative which I accidentally inhaled/breath its vapor. This caused a very bad irritation in my lungs and throat , and I have been told that it might have caused burns or something in my respiratory system . Please give me your comment and opinion in this as am really worried .
Avatar n tn I went to the Health Dept and had another test run which was also positive for Hep C. Remember I have not seen a specialist yet but reading through the forum is just making me wonder what any of this means or if it means nothing at this time until I see the Hep Doc. Any comments? My labs @ 8/2/06 WBC 4.7 RBC 4.79 Hemoglobin 15.5 Hematocrit 45.
Avatar n tn Questions 1. How serious is the ammonia level and what are the consequences?? 2. Should she be taking Advil and Tylenol ?? I thought that these where bad for the liver. 3. Can she be released from the nursing home and return home?? Meals on wheels will deliver to her house.
Avatar n tn Questions 1. How serious is the ammonia level and what are the consequences?? 2. Should she be taking Advil and Tylenol ?? I thought that these where bad for the liver. 3. Can she be released from the nursing home and return home?? Meals on wheels will deliver to her house.
Avatar n tn I am a liver specialist with access to a quality lab and I hardly ever get an ammonia level on my patients. I hope this information is helpful to you. Good luck with your situation. If you have additional information or questions, I would invite you to post the material to MEDHELP or to contact us directly at Henry Ford (313) 916-8865. We have an active group of liver specialists.
Avatar n tn I have stage 4 cirrhosis, with a functioning liver and decent lab numbers. My recent labs showed ammonia at 38. What does this all mean?</a> was started.
Avatar f tn I have stage 4 cirrhosis, with a functioning liver and decent lab numbers. My recent labs showed ammonia at 38. What does this all mean? This discussion is related to <a href='/posts/show/233146'>HIGH ammonia level and 'normal' liver function panels???</a>.
Avatar f tn My grandfather has copd, emphysema, etc. He is on 24 hr oxygen. He quit smoking 3 months ago after smoking for 70 years. He seems to be very tired and spacey the past few weeks. His aterial blood gases were checked and are ok. His doctor checked his ammonia level and said it was "high" although I am waiting on a call from the doctor to get the specific lab result.
Avatar m tn The doctor has the results, but I have not seen him yet and don't know what he found out (and the lab won't give me the results directly). But he just order a new hepatic lab plus a CBC, which makes me think he's unsure what's going on. I don't see him for another two weeks. Without putting you on the spot, what do you think are possible dignosis, and what additional tests might I anticipate the doctor wanting to do?