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8 year old daughter- undiagnosed liver problem

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  • Posted By: Mom2fourGr8kids
  • October 25, 2007
  • 01:02 PM

3 weeks ago, we noticed that our daughter's eyes were yellow. I called her pediatrician who told me to take her in to the ER. In the ER, they did a bunch of blood tests and found that her liver enzymes were highly elevated. Her iron levels were also highly elevated. She has had numerous repeat blood tests since, all with the same results. One week ago, she had a closed liver biopsy. We still haven't heard results, as the pathology lab here doesn't see many cases of juvenile liver disease, so they sent the slides to Iowa City. I am a bit concerned that our doctor is only monitoring the liver enzymes and not the iron levels. If her iron level becomes toxic, isn't that highly serious? Also, I have found information about diseases that cause the body to store too much iron and as a result, organs such as the liver can be damaged. Besides the blood tests and her yellow eyes and skin, other symptoms she has are... almost constant low grade fever, abdominal pain, random vomiting which can cease for weeks and then suddenly, out of nowhere, returns. The abdominal pain and vomiting has been going on for a year. She has had an ultra sound which revealed no blockages or obvious tumors. Does anyone have any ideas?

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  • You may want to access www.newstarget.com as they have a recent article on the increasing incidence of liver problems in children. You may want to find a much more natural doc to help you. Dr. Jack Tips has a book called "The Healing Triad" that used to be called " Your Liver...Your Lifeline" for a number of years. In it he recommends supps from Systemic Formulas of Ogden, UT. I have used these for about ten years and many patients have done very well with these, especially the ones specifically for the liver. And yes, the iron levels should be closely monitered. If you want help finding a more natural doc please reply. I know some in different parts of the country.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 27, 2007
    • 06:56 PM
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  • I know it's not easy to sit back and wait, but it does seem that your daughter is in good hands. They have done a biopsy, and that should give them alot more information to work on. The symptoms you are describing are all symptoms that are common with elevated LFT's. I have had them and I really do feel for your little girl. I remember how fatigued I was and how my every muscle in my body ached. The fact that she is vomiting out of nowhere with good phases in between make me think that maybe she has something autoimmune going on? I wouldn't worry to much about the Iron, they are definitly keeping an eye on that. Anything else would be crazy, but if you are doubting you have every right to ask and you have every right to get copies of every blood test result they have. Hope things work out soon! Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 27, 2007
    • 11:00 PM
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