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Talk to your doc!: Direct & indirect bilirubin is a breakdown product of red blood cells. Bilirubin should be excreted by your liver. It can be high if you turn over a lot of blood (hemolysis). It can also be high if you have a blockage of the outlet tract. Certainly, it can be high due to benign (safe) genetic conditions. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/bilirubin/my00094. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Likely Hepatitis: My first thought on a high bilirubin(b) at that age is a liver infection. Hepatitis a is a common cause of frank jaundice in a teen. Other issues include rapid blood break down during hemolytic anemia, lesser forms of hepatitis like mono, metabolic disorders in b transport (gilbert syndrome), wilson disease.A good history & exam + some tests should sort it out. ...Read more
No: Look for another cause for your hair loss -- if it's not a normal man's progressive baldness, consider a thyroid check, a scalp fungus, telogen effluvium and alopecia areata. If your high bilirubin is isolated and unconjugated and you feel well, chances are it's gilbert's non-disease and won't affect in in any way. ...Read more
I am now currently being tested for this as both mother and sister have high billirubin. Firstly isyou look pale and have gilberts?
No big deal: Your history, if accurate, gives a 50% of your having gilbert's. You probably already know -- if missing a few meals causes you to turn a bit yellow, you've got it; several percent of folks do and it's a non-problem. On the other hand, it won't make you pale -- that may indicate anemia. ...Read more
Not the key: Don't treat a lab value. You need to find out why your bilirubin is up. If it's indirect and everything else is normal, you have Gilbert's which is a non-disease or hemolysis for which your physician should seek the cause. If liver enzymes are also up, or direct is too high, a workup is in order. Food choice is almost never the key to treating disease despite all the internet junk. Best wishes. ...Read more
What to do if holding a high level of billirubin i.e 109 (gilbert syndrome) can called a patient or not.?
Not a disease: One of the first things that I explain to the entering medical students is that not everything that's different from most folks is a "disease". A few percent of folks have Gilbert's; while even a healthy person presenting for health maintenance is a "patient", that doesn't mean you're sick. Being left-handed or gay isn't a disease; many "little people", folks with birthmarks, etc like how they are ...Read more
I had suffered from hepatitis- b some 10 years ago, billirubin level was very high. I still suffer from its bad effect like poor digestion. Advise.?
Can high level of bilirubin like 8 damage organ if it os present for a long time. Time like 2 months ?
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