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Bilirubin What Does It Mean
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
In the urine": I'm going to assume that there was a bit of bilirubin in your urine, and that this is not a lab error. You're just getting over a nasty viral infection, and you may have had a bit of liver involvement. Or one of the medications you've taken may be producing bile stasis. Or you may have a minor bilirubin metabolism problem, or any number of... Unless you're symptom-free, expect bloodwork confirm. ...Read more
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
I have high thyroid peroxides antibodies levels & high bilirubin & selenium levels. What does this mean?
Something not right: A high thyroid antibody level suggests that you are more prone to develop a thyroid disease and other autoimmune diseases but this is not a certainty. The high bilirubin and selenium level is of concerned and one would wonder where the source of selenium is. You need to consult your doctor and perhaps a GI specialist. ...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
Specimen problem: The red blood cells in the blood sample were damaged during drawing or on the way to the lab. This can make some of the lab determinations more or less invalid. Your physician knows how to interpret this and whether to retest you. I'm sorry for the inconvenience and wish you luck with your lab work. ...Read more
How high?: What is the actual value? What are the results of other tests? How long have you had this abnormality? Lab test results need to be interpreted in the total clinical context. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with the doctor who ordered the lab test. ...Read more
In most labs: A total bili of 1.5 is upper normal or very slightly elevated. In and of itself not a big deal. ...Read more
Depending on levels.: Bilirubin is a by-product of blood cell breakdown which every living-human has. Small amount is normal, but too much can be toxic to the developing brain. Level of 14 or more in preterm and 17 in fullterm baby is concerning and needs medical attention. Feed the baby--as much as possible, more feeding, faster resolution of jaundice. Consult and follow up with doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Probably normal: Total bilirubin is broken down into direct and indirect bilirubin. Different labs report different values that fall in the normal range for total bilirubin, which usually is 1.2 or less. Your indirect bilirubin is probably in the normal range or slightly above normal. Other liver tests can be helpful. I wouldn't worry, but talk to your liver doctor or pcp if concerned. ...Read more
My bilirubin levels are high:total 3.98 umol/l, direct 1.77 umol/l, indirect 2.21 umol/l. All 3 are the diff from normal lvls. What do they mean?
As above: I do 't want to scare u, therefore try to discuss this with u pcp. ...Read more
Likely liver damage: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your direct bilirubin is higher than normal and represents intra-hapatic obstruction to the flow of bile. You have listed a number of liver disorders and any of those could explain these results as could the medications. ...Read more
Not much: Why were these tests done? Do you have any symptoms? All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more
Depends: Includes direct and indirect billirubin (different stages) and a normal level is somewhere around 1, but labs differ. ...Read more
Urobilinogen: Urobilinogen is normal. It comes from absorption from your gut. ...Read more
Yes: Liver is working normally and there is no excessive red cell destruction. ...Read more
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
All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your direct bilirubin level is elevated indication liver issues. Please see your doctor. You may consult this site for more info.
https://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003479.htm ...Read more
Hyperbilirubinemia: Borderline rise in bilirubin mostly caused by gilbert syndrome when you have congenital weakness of a liver enzyme which destroy the bilirubin. It rises after fasting and increased physical stress and sleeplessness. This condition is not worrisome and no medications needed. ...Read more
Should I be concerned if my bilirubin in my liver has been elevated slightly for the past 3 and a half months, what could it mean?
Maybe: If it is primarily conjugated bilirubin and this is your only abnormality, it's likely you have gilbert's non-disease and should forget about it. I take it your physician isn't worried; you shouldn't be either. You may get checked for hemolysis with a reticulocyte count. If you're taking some medication and this is new, you may have rx-induced cholestasis. Other possibilities exist. ...Read more
Liver and red cells: Bilirubin is the metabolic product of hemoglobin. The high levels may be from excessive destruction of red blood cells, damage to the liver parenchymal cells or obstruction to the flow of bile. Examining the components of bilirubin, direct and indirect, helps in differentiating among the various causes, . ...Read more
Nothing: It likely means nothing.Get a more detailed answer ›
See details: Are we talking about a liver transplant patient? I am not sure what your question is asking. If a transplanted organ is showing signs of rejection, that is very serious. Meds can be adjusted and that may be all that is needed. However, it could be that the organ is ceasing to function. ...Read more
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