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A 40-year-old female asked:

ways to get bilirubin down like blue lights, etc?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
In Newborns only: Blue lights are commonly used to reduce bilirubin but it only works in New born babies whose liver is not mature yet. This method is not useful in grown ups. Here we have to find the cause and treat the cause(usually obstruction which can be relieved in most cases). Ask your doctors about the cause of jaundice(Obstructive or non-obstructive??). They can address potential solution if it is possibl
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Newborns: Light therapy is used for newborns who have high bilirubin. Light converts insoluble bilirubin to soluble form that can be excreted in the urine. In the newborn it is a temporary issue. The same does not apply to adults. See this for more info. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002394.htm

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How accurate are bilirubin tests?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Very: Bilirubin tests are very accurate in measuring the level of bilirubin. An elevated bilirubin does not always necessarily indicated a severe disease and the bilirubin can be elevated for a number of reasons.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What causes the bilirubin to build up?

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Dr. Kamlesh Desai
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Dead blood: It usually depends on age genetics and liver disease. In newborns the liver is not well developed so it cannot process the bilirubin which develops due to dead blood needing to be recycled. In adults there is a genetic cause which is of no significant concern - gilbert's syndrome . But, the other usual culprit could be liver disease due to alcohol abuse, hepatitis, or chronic meds use.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What is a normal bilirubin level?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
1.5 or less: Normal is generally less than 1.5. Every lab is different and normal highs may range from 1 to 1.8.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What count is normal for bilirubin?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
0 to 1 by our lab: Depends slightly on lab used. Our lab uses 0.0 to 1.0 fmg/dl or total bilirubin and 0.0 to 0.3 for direct bilirubin. Direct/conjugated bilirubin can be elevated in liver/biliary system disease, and indirect/unconjugated bilirubin can go high with hemolysis (break-up of red blood cells in blood stream), can be a harmless inherited condition (eg gilbert's), and has various other causes.
A 67-year-old member asked:

Information on bili rubin?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
We all have bili: 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 brain. Level of 14 or more in preterm and 17 in fullterm baby is concerning and needs medical attention. Feed the baby--as much as possible, more feeding, faster resolution of jaundice. Consult and follow up with doc..Good luck.

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