High ammonia in liver

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Avatar f tn maybe the beers caused you the alcoholic liver disease which lead to signs of liver failure like rise in ammonia.
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 My mum is 79 yrs old and for the past 11 days has had chronic diarrhoea she has visited her GP and a stool sample has been sent to be checked, in the meantime I have started to get a very strong smell of ammonia from her, It reminds me of peroxide and I was nearly smelling her hair thinking she may have had her hair permed, she has also had really bad abdominal pain and loss of appetite and breathlessness, how do I find out if she has high levels of ammonia, I am to believe that if she has it ca
Avatar n tn We discovered that my husband had an episode of Encephalopathy, which is high ammonia in the blood. But by the time we had his blood checked his levels were right smack in the middle of the range. Doctor said he was fine. So my question is can this ammonia gone untreated continue to rise and lower on its own. Because he has days that he seems fine and then days when he is not with me completely. He does not eat much as his taste buds are totally out of wack. Most foods taste very salty.
Avatar n tn That is why the high ammonia level is such a puzzel. The liver is usually the culpert when you have the high ammonia in your blood. I totally agree with you the the kidneys must be contrbuting to or causing the problem, since they act as filters and the filters is not working. I have locked horns with my Husbands Nephrologist on this issue and I think the man shudders when he sees me and knows that I have been on the computer doing research again.
Avatar n tn Hi, my spouse was diagnosed back in '87 with Hep C, we've taken all the trials about 5 I believe of the interferon. We're going for liver transplant eval @ UAB in June, this is second eval. My question is for those taking care of someone who is experiencing the confusion and agitation w/ high amm levels on how to give meds, oral lactulose etc., to help get the level down? I reached a point today when I was doing the airplane to get him to open his mouth! Didn't work though.
Avatar m tn Prior to my transplant in 2001 my ammonia levels were very high and I had very bad encephalopathy. I wasn't allowed to be left aloe because of the danger I could hurt myself, try to cook and burn the house down, etc. And of course no driving. My grown children had to come and babysit for me when my husband couldn't be at home to watch me. It was much like having dementia. My reason for postig is that I hope your mother is not left aloe with such high ammonia levels.
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 My son is in 4th stage liver failure & awaiting transplant. He is having increasing problems with high ammonia levels. He takes laculose & another med. in pill form. Are there things he can be doing to help keep his levels down besides meds & low protein diet?
Avatar m tn sorry for the mispelling
Avatar n tn This is the Hep C Forum. While we talk about high ammonia levels, it is in conjunction with Hep C and the liver problems from there. yOu might want to make sure the Dr did a Hep C Antibody these to make sure she doesn't have it then go to the list of Communities ( touch Communities at the top of the thread) and find the health and wellness site for more assistance. Good luck and Blessings to you both.
Avatar n tn If your father has been in the hospital for 3 weeks with liver failure and his ammonia is still this high, it sounds pretty grim to me. Of course, I'm basing this on very limited information, and your father's doctors have the whole picture in front of them, so again, talk to them. Ask them point blank, "do you think my father is about to die?' As stated above, high ammonia levels cause "encephalopathy", extreme lethary and confusion.
Avatar m tn Hi, How are you? There are many possible conditions associated with increased ammonia levels in the blood such as cardiac, gastrointestinal (GI). liver, genetic diseases of the urea cycle,hyperthermia, hypokalemia, and severe muscle exertion. It is important also to rule these out and determine the underlying issue for proper management. Take care and do keep us posted.
Avatar n tn "Does this have anything to do with my ammonia levels? " Not necessarily and most likely not in your situation. 145 is not that high and ammonia tests are famously innacurate for the purpose of diagnosis. It can be more useful after several tests have been run. An ammonia test also does not have the ability to detect other toxins which may be contributing to, or could even be the sole cause of any encephalopathy in a patient. What did your doctor say about it ?
Avatar n tn He has high levels of ammonia,which they are treating with lactaluse.Of course it limits his going out,he spends most of the day sleeping or in the bathroom from the medicine.I worry so much.He was the sweetest man I know,now he is extremely depressed,moody,angry,etc.Are there any other treatments on the horizen for Hep C and high ammonia?This is effecting our marriage,because its hard to live with his temper,as much as I try to understand.I have chronic headaches,and I guess we are both a mess.
Avatar f tn # Tourniquet use - ammonia levels can be increased in the blood sample collected. # Drugs that can increase ammonia include: alcohol, barbiturates, diuretics, valproic acid, and narcotics. # Smoking" See: http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/ammonia/test.html What Affects the Test "Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include: * Smoking. * Severe constipation. * Eating a high-protein or a low-protein diet.
Avatar f tn It's a miracle that you have returned to normal state after having such a high level of ammonia. In India, we have never seen anyone alive after such a high level. I can just say that, the medical care you received was EXCELLENT! How are you doing now? All the best.
Avatar f tn They finally diagnosed him yesterday with high ammonia levels. All other tests are clear liver etc are fine. He had been suffering with urine problems and constipation for a few months before this started. My question is how long before he comes back to normal as he still is hallucinating, has no memory, acts very childlike and generally disturbed ( hes usually perfectly healthy other than epilepsy which is controlled with medication.
1184842 tn?1264268787 Like OrphanedHawk, I have been in and out of the hospital with high ammonia levels, this has been extremely difficult for my husband, because in my confused and disoriented state I had refused to go to the hospital and sometimes it would take him up to 15 hours just to get me to the hospital. This isn't just about you, yes it is you going through this but try to remember that your family members or the people that is taking care of you are also going through all of this with you.
Avatar n tn Lactulose is important to take to keep that ammonia in check. Sounds like she is in really bad shape. Is she able to get on a transplant list? Prayers to you.
Avatar f tn she has continued to take the Lactolose for the past two weeks but today her ammonia level is 150. I would like to find out how high ammonia level can go before it is considered toxic and will cause her to go into a coma? I am also wondering in end stage cirrhosis will the lactolose eventually be uneffective in bringing down the ammonia levels? My final question is what kind of life expectancy is there when the cirrohsis remains at that level?
Avatar f tn High ammonia levels cause encepholapothy, which is serious and causes confusion and dementia in the brain. The drug Lactulose is usually given in large amounts to combat this.
14166303 tn?1433285761 All my other blood tests are in range, but sometimes my hands have a slight tremor. Please, can anyone tell me if this is a dangerously high level of ammonia in my blood, i.e., liver or kidney damaging?
Avatar n tn When ammonia levels go too high in liver patients, they are given "Lactulose" (also called "Enulose"). Lactulose is a liquid laxative that binds with Ammonia to remove it from a person's system. High ammonia levels can cause everything from dementia, drunkenness, slurred speech.....to coma, and even death. Ask your doctor about LACTULOSE or ENULOSE for your mother!
Avatar n tn Since this is the addiction forum, I presume we are talking about a case of liver failure (?). Liver metabolizes ammonia and during liver failure, the ammonia level is one of the things that leads to coma and eventually death. One comment for the sake of the forum—anyone who is looking at ammonia levels with concern must realize that surely his/her drinking days are OVER.
Avatar f tn He is sleeping a lot and still has bouts of confusion, but overall he is clear-headed. Hospice was called in today for a consult. What now? How high can the ammonia level go before coma? Does a high level affect the kidneys? His kidneys are still working good. Other than confusion and risk of coma, what does the high ammonia level do?