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Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


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Is it normal for bilirubin to be high a year after surgery? It has gone down some but continues to be high. Even showing signs of jaundice off and on.

Is it normal for bilirubin to be high a year after surgery? It has gone down some but continues to be high. Even showing signs of jaundice off and on.

Bilirubin: I rise in bilirubin indicates either obstruction somewhere in the biliary tract or hemolysis (destruction of red cells). See a gastroenterolist for an expert opinion. ...Read more

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What can I do if I'm suffering from jaundice with very high sgpt, serum ldh and bilirubin level?

What can I do if I'm suffering from jaundice with very high sgpt, serum ldh and bilirubin level?

Hepatitis: Your physician will do labs, take a history, and hopefully find the correct diagnosis. If it is acute hepatitis b or c, it is a relatively easy and familiar situation, but hepatitis from alcohol, drug allergy, wilson's, or any of several dozen other possibilities, the diagnosis may be more difficult. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would bilirubin levels be high if a person had jaundice caused by parasitic infection?

No one answer: Parasitic infestation may not increase bilirubin; it may be minimally elevated in malaria, and babesia; bile duct blockage by round worm could cause high bilirubin, liver fluke and advanced shistosomiasis would raise bilirubin depending on the parasite burden. ...Read more

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I was having hep a and I am recovering from jaundice right now. Y does my liver pain whenever I walk for few mins? Close to normal sgpt, high bilirubin.

I was having hep a and I am recovering from jaundice right now. Y does my liver pain whenever I walk for few mins? Close to normal sgpt, high bilirubin.

Hepatitis A: I am sorry to hear that you got this infection. It is very common in india. There is a vaccine for this common viral illness and I would advise all who read this answer to go straight to the doctor and to get vaccinated.

But, in the meantime, you should very quickly begin to feel better as the liver recovers and you get back to living well.

There is also a hepatitis b vaccine. Please get it. ...Read more

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I was suffering from jaundice. What can I do to reduce my bilirubin? Its 6.5 now.

Find why: I wouldn't be surprised if the cause was allergy to the multiple painkillers you say you are taking. Your physician has a duty to make a diagnosis and offer treatment and explain clearly to you why you are jaundiced -- problems with red blood cells, liver cells, or the exit of bile from your liver. ...Read more

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My bilirubin level is slightly higher although I don't have jaundice so kindly recommend me some advice to lower it.

My bilirubin level is slightly higher although I don't have jaundice so kindly recommend me some advice to lower it.

Gilbert's disease: It is a familial (autosomal dominant), common (2-5% of people), unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia (blood bilirubin measures 1-5mg/dl), not due to breakdown of blood. It is associated with reduced enzyme levels of udp glycuronyl transferase, that results in jaundice when patients fast or suffer an infection. It does not shorten life or raise insurance rates, but may predispose to tylenol (acetaminophen) toxicity. ...Read more

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I have jaundice, yes I am certain of this. My bilirubin only shows to level of 1.1. What could be hiding the true reading?

Jaundice: Your bilirubin would have to be higher than that to cause jaundice unless it was higher a few days ago and is on its way down. The yellow staining does linger longer in the skin or whites of the eyes. This can occur if you passed a gall bladder or bile duct stone or had transient inflammation of the liver. Usually your urine would have been brownish and stool clay colored. See your physician. ...Read more

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My total bilirubin count is 1.8mg/dl. What type of jaundice could this be?

Any: Hemolytic jaundice and Gilbert's feature mostly indirect. Cholestatic jaundice features mostly direct. Hepatocellular jaundice features a good mix of both most of the time. If you're otherwise well, your physician will first question you about past chemical profiles and whether you've become a bit yellow after you miss a few meals -- that would point to Gilbert's. If not, it's a workup. ...Read more

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How danger is jaundice for 75 days old. Last test show that the total bilirubin is 6 and the direct is 6. He born without jaundice?

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How danger is jaundice for 75 days old. Last test show that the total bilirubin is 6 and the direct is 6. He born without jaundice?

Depends upon: Direct bilirubin level of 6 mg/dl suggests bile flow obstruction.
As long as underlying cause (s) is identified and dealt properly, elevated bilirubin per se is not of much concern. ...Read more

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Jaundice test was done after 7 days of birth of my baby with bilirubin level of 15, is there any concern about taking jaundice test so late (7 days).

Jaundice test was done after 7 days of birth of my baby with bilirubin level of 15, is there any concern about taking jaundice test so late (7 days).

Ok if baby is normal: Many normal babies between the ages of 4 and 14 days have a bilirubin level of 15. As long as the baby is normal (as assessed by one's pediatrician), that bilirubin level should not be a problem. For example, such a baby might have jaundice and a bilirubin lab test result of 8 at age 2 days, 12 at age 3 days, 16 at age 4 days, 18 at age 5 days, 15 at age 7 days, 10 at age 14 days, 5 at 21 days. ...Read more

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How concerning is a 15.3 bilirubin level jaundice in a new born?

Hyperbilirubinemia: Bilirubin levels are interpreted in context with other factors such as age, previous therapy, bilirubin level trends, response to therapy and other conditions such as organ disease, immunological issues (ABO incompatability), hemolysis, etc. Please provide more specific information for a more complete answer. ...Read more

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My newborn has bilirubin which is causing jaundice. How is this treated?

Bilirubin: This is very common to have physiologic jaundice from days 4-6 of life. The liver is immature to break down the bilirubin, which can lead to some elevated numbers which causes the jaundice. There are other risk factors that can cause jaundice as well, like a cross reactivity bt babies and your blood type, prematurity, etc. Usually time will improve it, but sometimes the baby will need phototherapy ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my newborn has bilirubin which is causing jaundice?

Jaundice: It depends upon the age of the newborn, whether the baby is breastfed or not, what type of bilirubin is elevated (direct or indirect) and what the level is. Neonatal jaundice can be a very common occurrence or one that signifies other things. Please clarify. ...Read more

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I had a checkup yesterday and my total bilirubin is 1.6.Does that indicate jaundice?

I had a checkup yesterday and my total bilirubin is 1.6.Does that indicate jaundice?

Bilirubin: Not necessary. Jaundice is the yellow skin color and eyes. That amount is not to elevated. But you have to found out why. Check your liver, gallbladder, stones, viral infection, parasites, etc, . Go to your dr. Or gastro and do a complete check up. ...Read more

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Can a person still have jaundice or something causing jaundice even if bilirubin blood test came back normal?

No: Jaundice is due to elevated bilirubin. If you are still yellow, it is not jaundice. Do you eat lot of carrots or other yellow veggies. Absence of yellow pigment in the sclerae & oral cavities distinguishes carotenemia from jaundice. Diabetes, hypothyroidism and kiney diseases maybe associated with carotenemia but not caused by carotene ingestion. ...Read more

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Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...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