Jul 14, 2004
What is considered the allowable amount of ammonia for one to have in the blood stream? I have seen 12 to 32 and 15 to 40 and would like to know. Also what would be an amount to become worried over? Thanks.
| Response from Dr. McGovern
Ammonia levels are not helpful as one time levels and cannot be compared from lab to lab. They are only helpful to follow in an individidual patient over time to see if they are trending up or trending down. The absolute number itself is actually not helpful. We usually only use them in patients with cirrhosis which has deteriorated (decompensated).
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.