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what is a high bilirubin level in adults?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
More than ~1.5 mg/dL: Or thereabouts. Whether it means anything is another story. Folks with gilbert's hover between here and maybe 3-4 without being sick. Folks who have hemolysis from illness or extreme athletics run a high bilirubin that's well tolerated. Liver disease and bile duct obstruction are likely to raise bile salts and the jaundice is thus more unpleasant.
Answered on Jul 7, 2020
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