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Elevated Liver Enzymes

Monday, April 12, 2010

Well, it's not Plyoris Stenosis.  Nor is it an obstruction in the bowel (HOORAY! We were really worried about this has it's serious and Bennett is highly suscpetible to this since he has had bowel surgery which causes the growth of scar tissue).

Bennett does, however, has have elevated levels of liver enzymes.  This could mean a number of things...  (here's a list we copied from the internet, see what you think:)

"Some common causes of elevated liver enzymes are:
* Alcohol consumption (Bennett tries to limit his alcohol consumption.)
* Autoimmune hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary bilary cirrhosis, or other autoimmune disorders of the liver or bile ducts (no symptoms of this)
* Diabetes (while CF related diabetes is common among those with CF, this doesn't usually happen until adolescence or beyond)
* Obesity (he's chubby but not yet obese)
* Excessive use of certain herbal supplements  (um, it's safe to say that Bennett is no crunchy hippy.)* Gallstones (don't think so)* Hemochromatosis, Wilson's disease, or other metabolic liver diseases (have no idea what these are but don't think he has this)* Tumors of the liver, the pancreas or bile ducts (we hope not!)"


....so, most likely means he simply has gastroenteritis, a viral infection (something similar what we contracted last week, the stomach bug).  This would explain his projectile vomiting symptoms and his elevated liver enzymes.

The reason why neither we nor the doctor seriously considered a virus is because
1.) he's not showing any signs of feeling bad, having fever, having diaherra and
2.) our stomach bug was 24 hours and Bennett's symptoms have lasted more than quadruple that time.

But we should know more in the next few days as his blood work comes back. 

Bennett will get more blood drawn on Wednesday to see if his liver enzyme levels have come down.  If they have, we'll consider him fine.  If they haven't, our GI doctor has indicated it will be an immediate admission to the children's hospital in Fort Worth.

Today, when Bennett's Pediatrician told Breck about the possibility of hospital admission if his liver enzyme levels don't drop, she said, "just be prepared."  Breck laughed.  We are always prepared. Frankly, at this point, we feel we are always one phone call away from the possibility of hospital admission. 

3 Responses to “Elevated Liver Enzymes”

  1. I'll be praying! Love, Ms.Ann

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  2. Tell Bennett to quit partying so hard! ;) Just kidding. Hope that everything turns out okay. I'll be praying for you guys!

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  3. Bennett- put down that wine bottle! Or pass it to your Mama- I think she deserves a relaxing glass of merlot right about now. Or just give her the entire bottle ;-)

    Good luck and keep us posted!

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