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Elevated Liver Enzymes & Itchy Skin

Elevated Liver Enzymes & Itchy Skin

Overview

Elevated liver enzymes generally indicate some abnormality with the organ. Your liver enzymes rise when damage to liver cells releases them into the bloodstream. You often experience itching skin if you have severe jaundice, another indicator of liver disease. Jaundice occurs when levels of bilirubin, produced from the breakdown of red blood cells, rise, either because of a blockage in your bile ducts or from liver damage. Symptoms of liver disease can occur if you have taken medications that can harm the liver, or in acute illnesses such as hepatitis A or chronic liver diseases like cirrhosis.

Types of Liver Enzymes

A routine liver function panel includes four tests: aspartate aminotransferase (AST), or SGOT; alanine aminotransferase (ALT), or SGPT; alkaline phosp