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My total bilirubin blood level was 3.0. What does this mean? Is it just gilbert's or possibly something worse?

My total bilirubin blood level was 3.0. What does this mean? Is it just gilbert's or possibly something worse?

Not enough info: Need to look at the whole picture. Is this acute or chronic? Are your other liver enzymes elevated? Is your bilirubin primarily indirect or direct? Indirect would be consistent with gilbert's. ...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 do your bilirubin levels in the blood indicate about your health?

Nothing if normal: If indirect bilirubin is up, one might be breaking down red cells fast, or Gilbert's is a mild illness in which jaundice is a bit worse if you miss a few meals. If direct bilirubin is up, bile's blocked physically or perhaps by meds or a metabolic kink. If both are up, perhaps the liver cells have been damaged. Variations within the healthy range are meaningless. ...Read more

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What are the potential consequences of high bilirubin levels in the blood?

What are the potential consequences of high bilirubin levels in the blood?

Depends: This depends on the cause, level, & type of elevated bilirubin (conjugated vs unconjugated). There are many causes of high bilirubin levels, some of which are relatively benign, and some that may be serious. In some cases, high bilirubin may cause yellowing of the skin/eyes or increased risk for gallstones. In newborns, a significantly high bilirubin is dangerous due to the risk of brain damage. ...Read more

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What does it mean if an adult has very high bilirubin numbers in their blood?

Liver disease: High levels of bilirubin usually result from liver disease. However, there are different types of bilirubins with different implications. ...Read more

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I just got my blood results back and everything was good but my bilirubin was high what does that mean? And what is bilirubin?

Gilbert's: Bilirubin's the green stuff in bile; your liver processes it from broken-down red blood cells. A few percent of people always have a mildly elevated indirect bilirubin from "gilbert's non-disease"; your physician knows how to detect this. If you've ever missed a few meals and turned a bit yellow, you can probably self-diagnose. Trust you're not taking meds that cause cholestasis. Your dr can tell. ...Read more

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Bilirubin level was 1.1 during blood count, is that too high?

Bilirubin level was 1.1 during  blood count, is that too high?

Not Usually: For many labs that value is normal, or close to normal. However, even when high, isolated elevated bilirubin (no other liver labs are high) is usually due to a condition known as gilbert's syndrome, and is not worrisome. You may find other family members have this as well, as it is genetic. ...Read more

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I had a blood test and my bilirubin was 2.5 should i be alarmed?

More testing: Gilbert’s syndrome is due to deficiency of an enzyme that helps to excrete bilirubin. It is usually diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30 years. Patients with gilbert’s syndrome are prone to develop jaundice from time to time. The risk increases with fasting, dehydration, repeated and profuse vomiting, infections, exertion and stress and after a surgery. You should have additional tests done. ...Read more