A 72-year-old female asked:
Can high levels of bilirubin alone cause liver failure in a metastic liver cancer pt?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata answered
25 years experience in Ophthalmology
It's usually the : result of liver failure,bnot the cause of liver failure.In metastatic disease to the liver, the hepatocytes are no longer working properly in conjugating the free bilirubin, so it's backing up & accumulating. Serum bilirubin is considered a true test of liver function, as it reflects the liver's ability to take up, process, and secrete bilirubin into the bile. This is compromised in liver mets.
Answered on Jun 22, 2015
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