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Bilirubin Level 16
My doc. Says my 3 days old girl has signs of Jaundice & kept under some kind of blue light & breastfeeding. Bilirubin level is 16. should I worry?
Reason for jaundice?: This would make the big difference. Since we know that physiologic jaundice will increase the total load up to day number 5 on a full term baby. It is a good idea to keep the baby until bilirubin stops climbing under phototherapy. If the baby is acting healthy and eating good and having good bowel movements as long as there is no blood incompatibility seriousness goes down. ...Read more
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
My bilirubin levels have gone from 1.6 to 2.4 to now 3.4 in three days. I have had ultrasound and ct scan and all are normal. What could it be?
Need more info: Why were these tests done? Do you have any symptoms? Did you take Hepatitis B vaccine? Many viral infections can cause a transient hepatitis but that also causes other lab tests to be abnormal. Bilirubin alone does not provide sufficient info for a meaningful opinion. The doctor who ordered the tests would be in the best position to advise. ...Read more
Bilirubin level cme bck 1.6 2015.Last yr. 8. Yr. B4 1.4. All liver function nmal. Was on a few antibiotics 2-3mos. Prior to high. Should I b scared?
Probably ok: There is probably nothing to be concerned about, but you should see your doctor to look at all of the results, not just the ones that are high. Further testing may be necessary, depending on the results. Good luck. ...Read more
My bilirubin levels are total 1.12, direct 0.16 and indirect 0.96.It is specified that indirect bilirubin should be within 0.0 to 0.6.Is it dangerous?
Whoa: First, this is a very low top for the reference range for indirect bilirubin. Second, reference isn't the "should be" range, but a measure of a population, set so that several percent of healthy people will fall outside. Third, I've raised my indirect bilirubin by hemolsis from strenuous exercise. You might also have Gilbert's. If you have no other indicator of ill-health, forget about this stuff ...Read more
Bilirubin: Elevated bilirubin can result from two main sources-- breakdown of hemoglobin (from red cells) and blockage of normal secretion from the liver (obstruction of a bile duct.) These two sources are distinguishable in blood (bound vs. Unbound.) Get more information and correlation of type of bili to be sure. ...Read more
More than ~1.5 mg/dL: Or thereabouts. Whether it means anything is another story. Folks with gilbert's hover between here and maybe 3-4 without being sick. Folks who have hemolysis from illness or extreme athletics run a high bilirubin that's well tolerated. Liver disease and bile duct obstruction are likely to raise bile salts and the jaundice is thus more unpleasant. ...Read more
Just a number.: In and of itself, the bilirubin level is just a number, and as such your number os not very high. It would be prudent, though, to interpret this value with respect to your other liver enzyme values - LDH, AST, ALT, GGT - as well as perhaps a liver ultrasound. Low value, but hard to interpret on its own. ...Read more
High bilirubin: The answer depends on why your bilirubin levels are elevated. This can be of no consequence at all in some circumstances or a sign of a serious illness in others. If your bilirubin is elevated, you need an evaluation to find out why. See your doctor soon. You may need to see a gastroenterologist, in addition. Good luck. ...Read more
More than 2mg/dl: This number has to be carefully interpreted in the context of other liver tests, clinical context and medical history. ...Read more
High billirubin: Elevation of billirubin can be caused production. Accelerated breakdown of red blood cells. Liver disease one of many functions is to remove from blood stream. Blocked excretion billirubin should be deposited in gall bladder as bile salts any thing blocking exit can raise billirubin. I have simply covered about a couple hundred disease conditions. Need to consult your doctor. ...Read more
How high?: A slightly elevated bilirubin or bilirubin at the upper end of normal is good for you. After that it depends on why the bilirubin is high. Abnormally elevated bilirubin may be due to hemolysis, liver inflammation. Bile duct obstruction, drug and drug effects etc and problem depends on the cause. ...Read more
BILIRUBIN: That level is certainly high enough to warrant, at the very least, prompt (as soon as possible) follow-up with your physician. This will allow them to further examine you for other associated signs and symptoms. If they find no other signs or symptoms, they may simply repeat your blood work before considering further testing. ...Read more
My brothers bilirubin level is a 15 and nobody is doing anything about it. Should we be concerned?
Please set up an appointment with a Gastroenterologist!
Hope all goes well. ...Read more
Can high level of bilirubin like 8 damage organ if it os present for a long time. Time like 2 months?
Probably not: A level of 8 indicated serious problem but is not high enough to cause damage to other organs. The underlying disease might though in certain cases, not hepatitis a. ...Read more