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A 52-year-old female asked:

What is indirect bilirubin was 0.4 direct bilirubin was 0.2 and total bilirubin was 0.6 what are these and why do i need all this blood work? alt was 17 and ast was 16 alkaline phosphate was 98 what does this mean?

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Dr. Frank Kuitems
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Screening : These labs are part of a liver profile the numbers are typically within a normal lab range that you posted. Screening tests are done to look for medication side effects and diseases that are not symptomatic yet like chronic liver disease
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Labs: Bilirubin is a breakdown product of red blood cells it goes to the gallbladder and then out the intestines .We are always breaking down/ making red blood cells. If the liver/ gallbladder is not working well (direct bili) or there is a problem with the blood (indirect) bilirubin goes up - yours are Ok . The other tests are tests for liver function are normal. F/u/ w/ doc

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