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Digestive Disorders

High Amonia Blood Levels

06/05/2008

Question:

My Husband has Parkinson`s Disease. for about 20 yrs now. He fell in 2001 broke his Rt hip. to make a long story short. he had 2 more surgerys on that hip. He has had 2 heart atacks, and 3 or 4 TIAs. He has been in 7 different hospital since Oct 06. I brought him home from the nursing home in Oct 07 because he said he didn`t want to die there. I took him to the doctor and they drew blood. He called me back and said he has high amonia levels. What does that mean? He doesn`t drink? Never has.

Answer:

The most common causes of elevated ammonia levels are problems with the liver or kidney, medications and bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract.

See the links below for more information regarding the ammonia level test.

Related Resources:

Ammonia Level Test
Ammonium ion test

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Response by:

Julia Gore Thornton, MD Julia Gore Thornton, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University