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Does hemolysis cause a false high bilirubin ? What can cause a false low PKU result

Does hemolysis cause a false high bilirubin ?
What can cause a false low PKU result

Confusing questions: Hemolysis will not affect the bilirubin test but may eventually lead to a higher bilirubin level when the liver processes the hemolysed cells.This is common if a newborn has a big blood pocket called a cephalohematoma under the scalp at birth.If a newborn is tested before they have had enough dietary protein (feeding) to process, the PKU test can be falsly low.Most states repeat it at 2 wks ...Read more

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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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A home urine dipstick test indicates small amount of bilirubin what would this indicate? And do I need to see my gp? Or is normal to have some?

A home urine dipstick test indicates small amount of bilirubin what would this indicate? And do I need to see my gp? Or is normal to have some?

Urine bilirubin: It is abnormal to have dipstick positive for bilirubin. It means that bilirubin is being produced by liver and excreted by kidney. You need liver function blood tests. You need to see your doctor for good medical history and thorough physical examination. Please also read jaundice- http://doctorrajput.Com thanks. ...Read more

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I have high alkaline phosphatase and normal bilirubin what it is? I have done my lft because I have continous fever of 99°c to 100°c.

I have high alkaline phosphatase and normal bilirubin what it is? I have done my lft because I have continous fever of 99°c to 100°c.

Cannot diagnose: And you cannot either based upon an elevated alkphos. You need a thorough history, detailed physical exam and more test results. Alkphos does not only come from liver cells, you have not given your ast/alt values, CBC w diff, and so on. Not even sure you actually have a fever. Make a record of all symptoms, record temps and go see an infectious diseases expert. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I have very high levels of alkaline phosphatase, ast, alt, total bilirubin, what does it mean?

If I have very high levels of alkaline phosphatase, ast, alt, total bilirubin, what does it mean?

Liver enzymes: May have underlying serious liver problem.Cirrhosis of liver, chronic alcoholism, hepatitis a, b, or c, primary biliary cirrhosis, congenital liver disorders , obstructive jaundice etc. Gi specialist might be able to help you. ...Read more

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Dealing with a UTI for the past 7 months. Leukocytes, protein, blood and sometimes bilirubin. What could this mean? Cystoscopy, ultrasound was normal.

Dealing with a UTI for the past 7 months. Leukocytes, protein, blood and sometimes bilirubin. What could this mean? Cystoscopy, ultrasound was normal.

See answer: Very important to know that you have had at least several positive urine cultures (not just urinalyses) that have documented recurrent utis as there are other bladder conditions that can mimic utis (e.g. Interstitial cystitis). If you truly having recurrent utis and cysto/renal us normal, then treatment of choice would be to place you on a daily antibiotic for 3-6 months for prophylaxis. ...Read more

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Bilirubin 1+ .... What does this mean...Plz hlp?

Bilirubin 1+  ....  What does this mean...Plz hlp?

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

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If I have elevated bilirubin level what does this mean?

Long list: Increased bilirubin is generally due to disorder of the liver, but can also be due to hemolytic anemia and metabolic disorders. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007491.htm. ...Read more

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What does total bilirubin mean? What amount should you have as an adult?

What does total bilirubin mean?  What amount should you have as an adult?

Depends: Includes direct and indirect billirubin (different stages) and a normal level is somewhere around 1, but labs differ. ...Read more