Ammonia in the body

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Avatar m tn Nitrogen compounds from the protein that is eaten enter the enter the colon and are degraded by the bacteria we have in our digestive systems. This frees up the ammonia. It is then absorbed and transported to the liver via the portal vein. When a liver is healthy, it rapidly and efficiently takes the ammonia from the blood stream and converts it to glutamine which can then go to the kidneys and turn into urea to be excreted.
Avatar n tn My brother has HEP C and he verifying whether or not he can be put on the transplant list. My brother also has Aids. He has been in and out of the hospital for the fluid filling up in his stomach and they have to drain it. He has been back and forth to the hospital because his ammonia levels get high and he gets very disoriented. He is on Cobra now because he has to be on SS disability for 2 years before he gets medicaid.
Avatar m tn I've been dealing with the same ammonia body odor for over a year now. After Long showers, a change in diet, and hours at the gym, I am still lost. I've been to every doctor that you could think of and they all say the same thing" your blood test are normal, some superb" and the fact that they don't smell anything! I've taken every test there is sugar, liver, kidney, blood pressure, STDs, MRIS and the list goes on.
Avatar f tn For the last year and a half I have been experiencing a strong ammonia body odor to a weird meat odor. I am a 31 year old male that works out 4x per week. I've read post where some ppl experience this same issue when they are working out, however this issue is constantly surrounding me. I eat a well balanced diet with a lot of vegetables, carbs, and lean meat. I've been to several doctors and had numerous of test completed in the last year and a half and they all seem to have no answers.
Avatar n tn He has had high ammonia levels as high as 420. He has been in the ICU because of this. He also takes lactulose to keep the ammonia levels down. My question is....he smells. It is the ammonia leaching from his body. We recently changed deodorants because they were turning his underarms black. Is there anything we can do to help decrease the smell? Natural laundry soap for clothing and bedding? Please help, we love him very much, but the smell is just horrible.
Avatar n tn Bacterial decomposition of the apocrine sweat produces the characteristic adult body odor unique to the individual. Do not mix this up with regular sweat from exercising. Ammonia odors from the breath or body sweat are called uremia. Nitrogen containing waste products, often from failing or damaged kidneys are suspected. Kidney tests are recommended to rule this out.
Avatar f tn This smell is not coming from outside my body, but internally. It's almost like the alcohol smell that goes up the back of your nose when you drink a shot of liquor. I have had this all my life and just sort of assumed it was the same for everybody, but apparently other people don't have the same thing. What could be causing it?
Avatar f tn Occassionally when having a bowel movement, I notice a very strong odor of ammonia. It reminds me of the odor at the camp outhouses. I haven't been able to figure any similarities between instances (recent eating habits, activities, etc.). We eat a round diet of meat, veggies and fruits. My bowel movements for the most part are good in regularity and consistency. The only medical condition I've had lately was with high blood pressure.
Avatar f tn Hello and hope you are doing well. The ammonia smell in urine as described by you, sometimes occurs in kidney diseases, when it is described as fishy smell. If the liver is decompromised it cannot metabolize the waste products hence there is an elevation of blood ammonia levels resulting in increased excretion in the urine. Also, increased levels of ammonia may also be seen with gastrointestinal bleeding, where the blood cells are haemolysed in the intestines, releasing protein.
Avatar f tn With advanced cirrhosis increasingly metabolic and chemical disturbances can occur in the body. One aspect of this is the development of Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE).
Avatar f tn Lactulose is the standard treatment, it binds to the ammonia in the body and makes it pass through the intestines. But if that doesn't work, there are antibiotics that can be used. Rifaximin is considered the best (and unfortunately, most expensive) one. It kills the bacteria that produce the ammonia. Other antibiotics that are sometimes used are neomycin and paramomycin. So, if anyone else has a loved one who is not being helped by Lactulose, ask a doctor about these antibiotics.
Avatar n tn If there is any possibility that her liver might be damaged the elevated ammonia may be due to that. The problems you're seeing in forgetfulness etc. can be attributed to elevated ammonia.
Avatar n tn I use feminine powders to help control the odor plus the moisture.I also wear pantiliners to prvent the damage to the underwear.I also become parnoid when I'm around people because I feel that they can smell this but probably not!Just know that you are not the only one having this issue out here!
Avatar m tn I know all the other stuff are symptoms, but I havn't been able to find anything about this ammonia body odor. Is this something that occurs or what are the causes of this? I've read it can be a sign of liver or kidney damage. Has anyone experienced this with the onset of HIV? I'm waiting a little while longer to get tested for HIV. For one, because I want to get better insurance before I do.
Avatar n tn Hi Welcome to the MedHelp forum! Excess ammonia is formed in the blood due to liver or kidney damage. This is always associated with poor outcome if left untreated. Hope this helps. Take care!
Avatar m tn An ammonia test measures the amount of ammonia in the blood. 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?
Avatar n tn This is all speculative now, because it's early in the diagnosis process. I went to the emergency room for abdominal pain twice in the 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.
Avatar m tn 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. Too much ammonia in your body can cause psychological problems like confusion, tiredness, and possibly coma or death.
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 The liver controls ammonia levels in the blood. The liver can look normal, but can still be causing this problem. Hep C causes high enzyme levels, a low white blood cell count, and high ammonia levels in the blood. Eating a lot of sodium can also cause elevated ammonia levels in the blood.
30678 tn?1217992847 The acidification of the contents of the gut causes a reduction in the absorption of a chemical called ammonia. The presence of ammonia in the gut causes water to be drawn into the 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.
Avatar n tn Also tight tourniquet can increase ammonia levels in the blood sample collected. I suggest you repeat the test. If it is still high after all the precautions then you need to discuss this with your doctor. Take care!
Avatar f tn Hi there. Thanks for the interest. I take a B12 injection every 2 weeks. Last lab check, it was still zilch. He said that it's due to malabsorption. Said dietary supplement would do no good.
1472764 tn?1287591786 Please, please, please somebody tell me that you've experienced the wierd ammonia smell down there. My body has been doing all kinds of wierd things lately and this is the worst. I'm 8 1/2 weeks if that helps. I'm hoping its not some wierd infection I've gotten and just normal. I can seriously smell it when I go to pee. It soooo yucky.
5611452 tn?1370974704 Dehydration (loss of water from the body) Low oxygen levels in the body Eating too much protein Constipation Medications that affect the nervous system, such as tranquilizers or sleep medications Infections Intestine, stomach, or esophagus bleeding Kidney problems Surgery So as you can see surgery with symptoms of HE can lead to dangerous or even life threatening complications. Persons with cirrhosis normally have a lowered immune system and are more prone to infection.
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.
Avatar n tn It was not mild. She had messed in the bed again. This time we had her taken to an ER. The paramedics said her O2 was low and put her on oxygen. Then she began to respond a little. She vomitted in the ER. The ER did a CT of the brain and it was OK. They admitted her. The hospital did bloodwork. As ususal the liver enzymes were elevated. Saturday morning they indicated her ammonia level was at 187 and her platelets were 50,000.
Avatar n tn Why I ask is After i workout I noticed this smell as well at first I thought UTI went to doc no UTI, so with some reseach I found out that when I sweat and we all know how we can sweat especially when wkingout. with the sweat and the use of bleach added together was given a strong smell of ammonia. I am not saying that is what it is. That was my experience...I would suggest that you get checked out. and if you don't have a UTI congrats.
Avatar m tn I felt a strange burning in the back of my head and almost gagged from the ammonia smell in my sinus'. It is starting to fade now, but I must admit it scared me. Anyone have any clues?
1481758 tn?1287642243 Ammonia forms when protein is broken down naturally by bacteria in the body. It can be treated with diuretics-fluid pills, but the easiest way to lower the levels is to start drinking more water. The more water in, the more urine made, and the more ammonia excreted out-unless you have kidney issues. Recommended amount of water per day is 8- 8 ounces glasses. I Hope This Helps.