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A 67-year-old female asked:

Metastic colon cancer . ct scan showed disease stable after 3 chemo rounds . largest liver met 8 cm. bilirubin was 12,19,12,33,51,now 74. what can this be ?

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
It is not unusual..: ...for biochemical markers, such as bilirubin measured in the blood, to not seem consistent with what appears anatomically..images on a CT scan. In all likelihood it means that the metastatic colon cancer is functionally advancing, destroying liver cells. However, there would be a small chance that the bilirubin is elevated for some other cause.Your doctor will help you sort this out. All the best
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Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Hyperbili: If jaundiced, intrahepatic (liver caused) levels of bilirubin are likely here. One cause is hepatitis, possibly from chemo, or from the met. In some cases, high bilirubin in adults may be caused by blockages in the bile ducts, depending on where the met is. Symptoms include digestive distress and pain in the abdomen, hard to distinguish from chemo caused side effects. Talk to your cancer doctor.
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Last updated Feb 21, 2016


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