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Help can bilirubin and bile salts be the same as bile pigments?

Help can bilirubin and bile salts be the same as bile pigments?

They are not: Bile salts are synthesized by the liver from cholesterol. Bilirubin is a breakdown product of hemoglobin. ...Read more

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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What does 2 bilirubin in urine mean?

What does  2 bilirubin in urine mean?

Yes it can be: Bilirubin is a pigment associated with the liver/hepatic system and red blood cells (especially hemolysis or breaking of them since bilirubin is found in them). Bilirubin causes jaundice and dark urine. Tests can be done to distinguish the source (conjugated vs unconjugated). Also need to look at other abnormal tests, history/exam would also be very important. Be sure to follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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My serum total Bilirubin came at 1.3 , is it danger? I am 23 old male

My serum total Bilirubin came at 1.3 , is it danger?  I am 23 old male

Not really: it is slightly higher than normal in your area a lot of things can do that and consider to be normal I do not know your age but if you are taking medicine like Tylenol or if you have any history of liver problem like hepatitis or if had any history of using drugs go and see a doctor preferably a liver specialist good luck ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: amniocentesis fluid shows bilirubin?

What is the definition or description of: amniocentesis fluid shows bilirubin?

Red blood cells: Bilirubin is a breakdown pigment found in the amniotic fluid when red blood cells are present. These cells could be maternal or fetal. A maternal-fetal medicine specialist can help to figure things out, so ask your OB if a referral is needed. ...Read more

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Urine is a bronze color but urinalysis tested neg for bilirubin? could it be copper?

Urine is a bronze color but urinalysis tested neg for bilirubin? could it be copper?

Urochrome: There are a variety of pigments in the urine and they have more to do than people realize with exactly what you've eaten, what your large intestinal flora happen to be doing, and a variety of imponderables. It's a good idea to drink water sufficient to keep your urine light-colored. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can a person still have jaundice or something causing jaundice even if bilirubin blood test came back normal?

No: Jaundice is due to elevated bilirubin. If you are still yellow, it is not jaundice. Do you eat lot of carrots or other yellow veggies . Absence of yellow pigment in the sclerae & oral cavities distinguishes carotenemia from jaundice. Diabetes, hypothyroidism and kiney diseases maybe associated with carotenemia but not caused by carotene ingestion. ...Read more

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Can gilberts disease cause high ALT 78 and AST 50 and bilirubin 1.2 ?Diagnosed with fatty liver in july. Had us done in jan it showed little fat.

Can gilberts disease cause high ALT 78 and AST 50 and bilirubin 1.2 ?Diagnosed with fatty liver in july. Had us done in jan it showed little fat.

Not usually: Gilbert's causes a "cosmetic" abnormality in bilirubin (bile pigment) metabolism. Does not cause changes on ast, alt-that reflects mild inflammation of liver cells. Could be due to overweight, needs, alcohol, infection, immune inflammation, other. ...Read more

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My 50-year old mother developed areas of small red dots on her legs.What could they be? She is generally healthy, just indirect bilirubin is high (31)

Schamberg's Disease: Schamberg’s disease is a form of progressive pigmented purpuric dermatosis. This type of nonpalpable purpura consists of reddish-brown macules that are usually located on the lower extremities and ankles, and spare the soles of the feet. These petechiae appear due to capillary leakage and breakdown of blood near the skin surface, leaving behind hemosiderin deposits. ...Read more

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What causes the bilirubin to build up?

Three mechanisms: High bilirubin that is almost all unconjugated means hemolysis (tearing up red cells too fast) or gilbert's non-disease. If it is mostly conjugated, the bile ducts are obstructed, perhaps by a stone or tumor. If both are way up, probably the liver cells are being damaged. ...Read more

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How accurate are bilirubin tests?

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. ...Read more

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Pigment (Definition)

Any chemical which has a color (minerals also) can be said to have a pigment. Such chemicals are responsible for the colors of the skin, the hair, the eyes and things we don't ordinary see such as the brown ...Read more