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Bilirubin (Definition)

Bilirubin is the potentially toxic product of heme metabolism. It is formed by breakdown of heme present in hemoglobin, myoglobin, cytochromes, catalase, peroxidase and tryptophan pyrrolase. Eighty percent of the daily bilirubin production comes from hemoglobin. It requires conversion to a water-soluble form before elimination from the body by ...Read more


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My baby had jaundice on his 3rd day now he is 35 days & bili level is 12 when do I expect the level & his color, as he turned orange, to be normal?

Couple possibilities: Worst case scenario is liver disease. Can be next worse is a blood disorder where the blood cells are fragile and breaking apart. Blood test can be done to look for these. Breast feeding jaundice can also cause this which is benign and is thought be perhaps be related to a hormone in your milk if you are bottle feeding, then this is not a possibility. See your md ...Read more

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My baby is 63 days old. Bili level went down from 13 to 4 when does his skin color turn normal? & does jaundice make skin darker when it clears out?

My baby is 63 days old. Bili level went down from 13 to 4 when does his skin color turn normal? & does jaundice make skin darker when it clears out?

Jaundice of newborn: I am sure that for jaundice that is still present until 63 days of age, ur baby has been worked up by now to rule out other liver problems. You should talk to your pedaitrician about why it has taken this long to clear to 4. Also, after jaundice is cleared it does not make the baby's skin dark. ...Read more

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My sister in law is suffering auto immune hepatitis and her bili rubin level is 22. how to reduce this level to normal?

My sister in law is suffering auto immune hepatitis and her bili rubin level is 22. how to reduce this level to normal?

Milk thistle assist: Your sis needs to rely on her doctor to direct this care. Hepatologists specialize in liver disease and can be a second opinion, if she is. Responding to therapy. Milk thistle is commonly used to cleanse the liver and may assist, but is not the end all be all. ...Read more

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What causes high bilirubin levels in teenagers?

What causes high bilirubin levels in teenagers?

Many possibilities: There are many possible causes for high bilirubin, but they all come down to the liver either not processing bilirubin properly or the body producing more bilirubin than the liver can process. ...Read more

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Is a total bilirubin level of 10 normal ?

Is a total bilirubin level of 10 normal ?

High: Normal values for labs are slightly different but usually normal total bilirubin levels are 0.5 to 2.0 mg/dl. Check the units of measure too. if your lab is using other than mg/dl then 10 may be normal. It is always best to check the normal values for the lab that has run your test. If you call them or your doctor's office they should be able to tell you definitively if your lab is abnormal. ...Read more

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Is a total bilirubin level of 21umol normal?

Is a total bilirubin level of 21umol normal?

Maybe: Lab tests can be tricky! is it 21?mol/l? Or maybe its 2.1? Or in mmol? (sometimes it can feel like high school physics again with all the unit conversions ;) ) the bilirubin level might be elevated, especially if you have a reason (like a recent bruise, hepatitis, or gallstones). If you have concerns, talk to your doc! ...Read more

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What is the effect of high level of total bilirubin?

Brain damage in new: Born. High levels of bilirubin in newborns cause brain damage. In adults it is not the high bilirubin but the cause of bilirubin that is more important. ...Read more

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How is high levels of bilirubin treated for elderly?

How is high levels of bilirubin treated for elderly?

Depends on : The cause. High bilirubin is a symptoms and can be due to many different reasons, e.g., hemolysis, liver inflammation, obstruction of bile ducts and drug effects etc and each requires a different treatment. ...Read more