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what does it mean if your bilirubin is high

A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Depending on levels.: Bilirubin is a by-product of blood cell breakdown which every living-human has. Small amount is normal, but too much can be toxic to the developing br ... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Probably nothing: It may mean absolutely nothing. If the bilirubin is the only liver test elevated you probably have gilbert's disease which is a benign condition.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Glueck
56 years experience Clinical Lipidology
Inherited?: You may have an inherited disorder called krigler-najjar syndrome. It is not medically significant. Have someone review all of your bilirubin levels f ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Liver disease: High levels of bilirubin usually result from liver disease. However, there are different types of bilirubins with different implications.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Gilbert's: Bilirubin's the green stuff in bile; your liver processes it from broken-down red blood cells. A few percent of people always have a mildly elevated i ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
How high?: What is the actual value? What are the results of other tests? How long have you had this abnormality? Lab test results need to be interpreted in the ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Long list: Increased bilirubin is generally due to disorder of the liver, but can also be due to hemolytic anemia and metabolic disorders. See this site for more ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Liver and red cells: Bilirubin is the metabolic product of hemoglobin. The high levels may be from excessive destruction of red blood cells, damage to the liver parenchym ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Any symptoms?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaban Faruqui
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Decreased elimanatio: Elevated dierect bilirubin means there is decreased elimaination of Bilirubin, due to damage or disease. Etiology may be inflamaton, infection,or o ... Read More
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