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Doctor insights on: Dangerous Bilirubin Levels

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Is 2.1 bilirubin level dangerous?

Is 2.1 bilirubin level dangerous?

Depends: Your total bilirubin level is just above the upper limit of normal for most labs, but in isolation, it doesn't help in finding its root cause or knowing its significance. Advise talking to your doctor about all your lab results. ...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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Is a bilirubin level of 8 dangerous in adults?

Yes: Bilirubin of 8 suggests obstruction to bile flow, severe hepatitis, late cirrhosis or some metabolic anomaly. ...Read more

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Hi My bilirubin level is 2.1 is that dangerous?

Just a number.: In and of itself, the bilirubin level is just a number, and as such your number os not very high. It would be prudent, though, to interpret this value with respect to your other liver enzyme values — LDH, AST, ALT, GGT — as well as perhaps a liver ultrasound. Low value, but hard to interpret on its own. ...Read more

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Bilirubin level of 80 to 110 due to gilbert syndrome is dangerous or otherwise. Thanks?

Safe: The only danger in "gilbert's" is that someone will misunderstand / overdiagnose / overtreat. Very rarely, gilbert's people run into trouble with a few medications; your physician will be aware of this. It should be called "gilbert's non-disease". ...Read more

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My bilirubin levels are total 1.12,direct 0.16 and indirect 0.96. It is specified that indirect bilirubin should be within 0.0 to 0.6. Is it dangerous?

Whoa: First, this is a very low top for the reference range for indirect bilirubin. Second, reference isn't the "should be" range, but a measure of a population, set so that several percent of healthy people will fall outside. Third, I've raised my indirect bilirubin by hemolsis from strenuous exercise. You might also have Gilbert's. If you have no other indicator of ill-health, forget about this stuff ...Read more

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Is total bilirubin level of 3.65 mg/dL considered dangerous for a liver cancer patient?

Is total bilirubin level of 3.65 mg/dL considered dangerous for a liver cancer patient?

It is all relative!: If the Cancer is involving your liver, then rising bilirubin is an indication that your tumor in the liver is quite large and progressive. This needs an aggressive search for the exact cause(?obstruction of the bile duct) which may be correctable. Ask your oncologist if he can do a local treatment for the bulky tumor.....something like SBRT or an ablative treatment(which can still be useful) ...Read more

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I had a laproscopic surgery for gall bladder stones&now my bilirubin level is12. I went for scan, its result is mild hepatomegaly, is it dangerous?

I had a laproscopic surgery for gall bladder stones&now my bilirubin level is12. I went for scan, its result is mild hepatomegaly, is it dangerous?

Possibly: If you just had the surgery or recently it could be that they cut your bile duct, occluded your bile duct, or you have a leak from the liver. A ct scan will show fluid collections to determine if possible leak. You need to look at indirect bilirubin to know if it is obstruction. I would rule those out first and if negative the liver needs to be evaluated maybe biopsy, see your surgeon. ...Read more

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What is a normal bilirubin level?

1.5 or less: Normal is generally less than 1.5. Every lab is different and normal highs may range from 1 to 1.8. ...Read more

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Is high bilirubin always dangerous?

Depends: It depends on the age of the patient and the level of the jaundice. Jaundice in adults is not as dangerous in that the bilirubin (which causes the jaundice) is not damaging, but it can indicate a condition that is (liver failure.) in babies, a high level of bilirubin can lead to a condition where the bilirubin gets into the brain and causes permanent damage to the developing brain cells. ...Read more

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What does bilirubin level of 42 mean?

What does bilirubin level of 42 mean?

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

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What is a high bilirubin level in adults?

What is a high bilirubin level in adults?

More than ~1.5 mg/dL: Or thereabouts. Whether it means anything is another story. Folks with gilberts hover between here and maybe 3-4 without being sick. Folks who have hemolysis from illness or extreme athletics run a high bilirubin that's well tolerated. Liver disease and bile duct obstruction are likely to raise bile salts and the jaundice is thus more unpleasant. ...Read more

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What does a low bilirubin total level mean?

Nothing: The "normal limits" are set so that a few percent of normal folks fall outside. A low total bilirubin is never a problem. ...Read more

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What is a normal bilirubin level typically?

below 5mg/dL: Any level below 5mg/dl is considered normal. ...Read more

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Is it normal if your bilirubin level is 6.4?

Is it normal if your bilirubin level is 6.4?

Usually not: A bilirubin of 6.4 elevated and is abnormal in most testing methods. This test should be interpreted with other tests to evaluate liver function and possibly destruction of red blood cells. ...Read more

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What does the bilirubin level of 35 indicate?

What does the bilirubin level of 35 indicate?

Exceptionally high: Bilirubin of 35 is very high and may result from obstructive jaundice. See this site for more information on bilirubin level.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bilirubin/my00094/dsection=results. ...Read more

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When does a bilirubin level become worrisome?

When does a bilirubin level become worrisome?

Depends on the : Clinical context. In an adult al level above 2.0 mg/dl needs to be looked into to establish a cause, though the level by itself is not dangerous. In a five-day-old infant a level as high as 5 mg/dl would not be a cause for concern. ...Read more

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Do athletes usually have high bilirubin level?

Do athletes usually have high bilirubin level?

No: A few percent of people have gilbert's and a lifelong elevated bilirubin as a non-problem. Marathonners may get hemolysis from pavement-pounding with the feet and this may produce a slightly high bilirubin. Don't even pay attention to a bilirubin within a reference range. ...Read more

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What causes high bilirubin levels in teenagers?

What causes high bilirubin levels in teenagers?

Many possibilities: There are many possible causes for high bilirubin, but they all come down to the liver either not processing bilirubin properly or the body producing more bilirubin than the liver can process. ...Read more

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What is considered to be a high bilirubin level?

See below: In an adult a level above 1.0 mg would be considered high. See this site for more info.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bilirubin/my00094/dsection=results. ...Read more

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How do I get my high Bilirubin levels to come down?

High bilirubin: The answer depends on why your bilirubin levels are elevated. This can be of no consequence at all in some circumstances or a sign of a serious illness in others. If your bilirubin is elevated, you need an evaluation to find out why. See your doctor soon. You may need to see a gastroenterologist, in addition. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is considered to be a high level of bilirubin?

What is considered to be a high level of bilirubin?

More than 2mg/dl: This number has to be carefully interpreted in the context of other liver tests, clinical context and medical history. ...Read more

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Bilirubin level has reached 27.... How serious is this?

Serious: A bilirubin level that high indicates severe derangement or inflammation of the liver and/or blockage somewhere in the biliary tree. You are advised to have a gastroenterologist or hepatologist follow you, advise you, and treat you. If needed a surgeon will be consulted. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of having high bilirubin levels?

Cause of lesion: Some people have slightly elevated bilirubin, less than 5.0 mg/dL and are none the worse for it. It depends more on why your bilirubin is elevated rather than the level per se. The reasons can be hemolytic anemia, hepatitis, gall stones, cirrhosis and some cancers. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of abnormally high bilirubin levels?

High billirubin: Elevation of billirubin can be caused production. Accelerated breakdown of red blood cells. Liver disease one of many functions is to remove from blood stream. Blocked excretion billirubin should be deposited in gall bladder as bile salts anything blocking exit can raise billirubin. I have simply covered about a couple a hundred disease conditions. Need to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are problems of high bilirubin levels?

Could you tell me what are problems of high bilirubin levels?

How high?: A slightly elevated bilirubin or bilirubin at the upper end of normal is good for you. After that it depends on why the bilirubin is high. Abnormally elevated bilirubin may be due to hemolysis, liver inflammation. Bile duct obstruction, drug and drug effects etc and problem depends on the cause. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when your bilirubin levels are too high?

Probably nothing: It may mean absolutely nothing. If the bilirubin is the only liver test elevated you probably have gilbert's disease which is a benign condition. ...Read more

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Is 4.5 bilirubin level too much to worry aboit? What steps should be taken next?

BILIRUBIN: That level is certainly high enough to warrant, at the very least, prompt (as soon as possible) follow-up with your physician. This will allow them to further examine you for other associated signs and symptoms. If they find no other signs or symptoms, they may simply repeat your blood work before considering further testing. ...Read more

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What can I do if my bilirubin levels were a little high, how worried should I be?

How high?: Minimal elevation of bilirubin may be associated with vigorous exercise and would be good for you. If it more than minimally elevated, you should consult your doctor to rule out liver disease or red cell destruction, or mediation effects, if you are on any medication. ...Read more