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Question: Elevated Liver Enzymes - Parents drank heavily

 fitnessdego - Mon May 23, 2005 12:35 pm

My husband is a 29 year old healthy male, 6'4", 220 lbs. He only has a beer or two about every 2 weeks, and never drank in his teens or anything like that. For the last 5-6 years now, when he has bloodwork done by his primary physician, his liver enzymes are sometimes elevated. He is sent for additional bloodwork, and then usually they have returned to normal. This last time he had bloodwork done they were elevated again, he had the additional bloodwork, and they were still elevated, and then he had an ultrasound of his liver done, and they said they found nothing abnormal. Nothing further has been done.

His parents were alcoholics though, and his mother drank & did drugs throughout his entire pregnancy - that troubles me greatly.

Could that be attributing to this "back and forth" elevation, and should I be more concerned than I already am?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Wed May 25, 2005 6:50 pm

User avatar Hi fitnessdego,
Exactly which liver enzymes are elevated? In my opinion his parents behavior would likely have no effect on his tests now. If he had problems from birth or childhood I would expect a possibility of an abnormality but considering all was essentially normal until the last few years I would suspect another cause.

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