Hi..well, initially you can rule out pregnancy...LOL!!
The very fact that he has UC could be a cause for increased liver enzymes.
The 5ASA can also raise it, but he's on a very low dosage, so I'd say not.
If you or the doctors are thinking PSC...do NOT have the ERCP done...have an MRCP and if it's seen, then he should be put on URSO.
My lfts were increased for over 10 years. I refused the ERCP and once the MRCP was used for diagnosing, it confirmed visually PSC. One thing interesting is that the autoimmune blood testing comes back high positive for PBC (primary biliary cirrhosis). So, don't know if I can have both..but since being on the URSO, my lfts are now normal.
I've never stopped the 5ASA meds...I strongly believe (with no proof, however) that keeping the colon quiet will also keep the PSC quiet and from proressing quickly.
The ERCP has been known to trigger PSC active if it's in very early stages, as well, it can cause pancreatitis...that's why I suggest NOT having it done since there's another diagnostic available that's noninvasive.
This is a good site to bookmark regarding tests...
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 9/25/2007 4:53:00 PM (GMT-6)