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Gilbert's Disease (Definition)

Gilbert's disease is a benign (non-cancerous) liver illness which is characterized by a slightly elevated ...Read more


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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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What are the dangers and risks of Gilberts disease.

Med side effects: Gilbert's syndrome or disease is not directly of any danger to you. However, you may be more susceptible to side effects from certain medications, so make sure anyone prescribing you medication knows you have Gilbert's syndrome. Also, there is a risk of assuming that the associated jaundice is due to the Gilbert's when it might be something else. ...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.
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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

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What is gilberts syndrome?

High bilirubin: Gilbert's non-disease affects a few percent of folks. The liver doesn't process bilirubin quite so well as other folks, and the serum bilirubin runs high. It increases more if you miss a few meals. It's nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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IS GILBERT SYNDROME HARMFUL?

IS GILBERT SYNDROME HARMFUL?

No: The worst that will happen to you is mild jaundice, which will occur periodically. It may decrease your risk of heart disease though. Overall, it might be a good thing. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What would be signs that you have gilberts sysdrome?

What would be signs that you have gilberts sysdrome?

Not many.: Most of the gilbert syndrome patients do not have any signs or symptoms. Mild unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia (high bilrubin- jaundice pigment) is usually noted during "routine" blood tests. Nelson's text book of pediatrics lists mild abdominal pain as a possible symptom. An association with pyloric stenosis and gilbert syndrome is also described (wyllie and hyams' text book pediatric GI disease). ...Read more

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I have gilbert syndrome my bl is8.5 what you suggest for me?

I have gilbert syndrome my bl is8.5 what you suggest for me?

Do nothing: I'm going to assume this is gilbert's and that you do not also have ongoing hemolysis; your physician can tell. The best thing to do for gilbert's is nothing. Phenobarbital will lower the lab, doing you no good and making you chronically tired. A few people with a relatively more rough gilbert's allele do have some troubles; a gastroenterologist knows how to help. ...Read more

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Since im having gilberts syndrome do I need to follow any diet?

Since im having gilberts syndrome do I need to follow any diet?

No: Gilbert syndrome is a benign liver disorder and requires no treatment or specific diet. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the main clinical features of gilbert syndrome?

There are none: Gilbert's (zheel-bear's) is a mild metabolic kink that produces slightly elevated indirect bilirubin, especially if you miss a few meals. The jaundice might be noticeable to someone with a good eye. The worst part of the "disease" is getting diagnosed and believing you are actually sick. It's extremely common, with a few % of your friends being affected. ...Read more

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My friend has been diagnosed as having 'gilberts syndrome'.Please can you tell me more about this condition.

My friend has been diagnosed as having 'gilberts syndrome'.Please can you tell me more about this condition.

Gilberts Syndrome: Gilbert syndrome is an inherited syndrome which is benign. The unconjugated portion of bilirubin is slightly elevated while the other liver enzymes are normal, one symptom it causes dry mouth. ...Read more

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Can gilbert syndrome return after 6 months? I had gilbert syndrome last year in august and now I doubt I am having it again

Yes, lifetime: Gilbert's Syndrome is caused by an abnormal gene that you inherit from your parents. The gene controls an enzyme that helps break down bilirubin in your liver. G.S is a mild nonhemolytic unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia defined by bilirubin levels less than 6. Inherited disorder with decreased levels of the enzyme uridine diphosphoglucoronate glucuronosyltransferase (UDPGT) Common, mild jaundice. ...Read more

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Can regular uv exposure help manage my gilberts syndrome?

Can regular uv exposure help manage my gilberts syndrome?

Don't think so...: The phototherapy for newborns with jaundice is not ultraviolet light, but a particular wavelength of blue light (420-470nm). Uv light is used for treating some patients with psoriasis. The very mild jaundice in gilbert's syndrome does not need treatment. ...Read more

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