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Doctor insights on: Gilbert's Disease

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Can you tell me about gilberts disease?

Can you tell me about gilberts disease?

Common, mild: This is a minor defect in processing bilirubin, so that your indirect / unconjugated bilirubin tends to run high especially if you miss a few meals. It's not a threat to your well-being and a few percent of otherwise-healthy folks have it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are there any cures for gilberts disease/syndrome; mainly the yellowing of the eyes?

Are there any cures for gilberts disease/syndrome; mainly the yellowing of the eyes?

No: Ignore it. Gilbert's is likely to flare if you miss a few meals. It's best considered a non-disease as it's extremely common and really is a non-problem. In the old days, we used to treat it with phenobarbital, which lowers the bilirubin and diminishes the yellowing of the skin at the price of making you tired and unable to work or play effectively. You don't want that. ...Read more

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Is gilberts disease present at birth or can you develop later in life? How high can bilirubin get? Mine was 1.99. Rdw was 14.4 is this a sign of gs?

Is gilberts disease present at birth or can you develop later in life? How high can bilirubin get? Mine was 1.99. Rdw was 14.4 is this a sign of gs?

Gilbert's syndrome..: Is a disorder caused by an enzyme deficiency. The enzyme is a glucuronyltransferase responsible for conjugating bilirubin (a breakdown product of heme generated with red blood cell turnover), making it water soluble and more readily cleared. The disorder is inherited, but is usually harmless. Patients may have a yellow hue to the skin (jaundice) or whites of the eyes (icterus). Illness may worsen. ...Read more

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Can gilberts disease cause high ALT 78 and AST 50 and bilirubin 1.2 ?Diagnosed with fatty liver in july. Had us done in jan it showed little fat.

Can gilberts disease cause high ALT 78 and AST 50 and bilirubin 1.2 ?Diagnosed with fatty liver in july. Had us done in jan it showed little fat.

Not usually: Gilbert's causes a "cosmetic" abnormality in bilirubin (bile pigment) metabolism. Does not cause changes on ast, alt-that reflects mild inflammation of liver cells. Could be due to overweight, needs, alcohol, infection, immune inflammation, other. ...Read more

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Can Gilberts disease cause peanut butter colored stools? Could it also cause RUQ discomfort? Recently had abdominal US and it came back normal.

Can Gilberts disease cause peanut butter colored stools? Could it also cause RUQ discomfort? Recently had abdominal US and it came back normal.

Gilbert's disease: Gilberts Disease does not produce symptoms, it is merely an elevated bilirubin detected on routine blood screening.The other liver blood tests are never elevated, the Ultrasound will be normal, and this never causes any symptoms of any kind. Schedule a virtual visit for further evaluation ...Read more

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Does bilirubin and or gilberts syndrome really protect against heart disease or coronary blockage? Or is this false?

Says who?: It is possible to do a bad scientific study and find any link whatsoever. I'd cite cell phone and brain tumors. The most recent study I could find was the 13 year old study with barely significant numbers from an obscure institution and it makes no sense. Any time you hear about "antioxidants", put your hand over your wallet. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11849670 ...Read more

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Had gilberts disease 4 years ago. Could this be an abdominal mass or something related to the liver or small intestine?

Had gilberts disease 4 years ago. Could this be an abdominal mass or something related to the liver or small intestine?

Liver enzyme: Gilbert's disease/syndrome is the reduced availability of a liver enzyme that metabolizes bilirubin so the usual symptoms are just mild jaundice. Affected people see episodes of jaundice often associated with stress such as infection, illness, exertion, fasting, etc. Affected people have increased risk for gallstones. ...Read more

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I am so exhausted I have gilberts disease but so does my sister and she has energy I think it is something else blood sugar normal blood pressure nor?

I am so exhausted I have gilberts disease but so does my sister and she has energy I think it is something else  blood sugar normal blood pressure nor?

Could be: when i think of daytime fatigue - low thyroid, depression, or sleep apnea/sleeping disorders come to mind. gilbert's simply means a tendency for serum bilirubin to be elevated when one is fasting, and should be without symptoms. ...Read more