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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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Why does my gas and poop smell so bad after eating beef ? Could it be high bilirubin levels ? See blood test in my health files if needed.

Why does my gas and poop smell so bad after eating beef ? Could it be high bilirubin levels ?  See blood test in my health files if needed.

Likely nitrates.: A great many high protein foods like meat have a high concentration of nitrates, which lead to foul smelling stool. Bilirubin is largely responsible for the color of stool as well as some of the smell. ...Read more

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In my blood test report my bilirubin total was 1.39mg/dl. Is it high or normal and how to reduce it. Haemoglobin level is 14.7 gm%?

In my blood test report my bilirubin total was 1.39mg/dl. Is it high or normal and how to reduce it. Haemoglobin level is 14.7 gm%?

Sounds fine to me: You're a young man, i'm betting you feel fine, and you're not a bunch of numbers. This is high-end-of-normal, i'm going to assume it's mostly indirect, and several percent of folks run high because of gilbert's non-disease -- a variant biochemistry. ...Read more

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Blood test report: homocysteine level high/ blood platelets low/ bilirubin high. What could be wrong?

Big picture please: As a lab doctor, this means nothing in isolation. I appreciate your caring & this is no familiar pattern. Is the person clinically healthy? How off are the values? Vegetarians and junk-fooders are equally at risk for high homocysteine as are folks with genetic disease. Bilirubin -- gilbert's? Platelets -- gin and tonic? This isn't something to discuss in a 400-character text thx 4 understanding. ...Read more

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How often does the body produce bilirubin? would getting blood taken out two weeks before a blood test alter my level of it?

All the time: What are you asking? Do you have an elevated bilirubin as a sole finding? The often is normal for you as a person, you may have Gilbert's. Please let us know what is happening with you and what you really want and how we can help. ...Read more

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He recently had a blood test come back with a 3.3 mg/dL bilirubin level. What can he do to bring this down?

Find the cause: Lab values are guides, not something to be treated by themselves. You may simply have Gilbert's, or a mild hemoglobinopathy or other cause of hemolysis, or be taking a medicine that's caused cholestasis. Or this may be a warning of a serious health problem. ...Read more

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What would a blood test with high total bilirubin mean?

What would a blood test with high total bilirubin mean?

Liver and red cells: Bilirubin is the metabolic product of hemoglobin. The high levels may be from excessive destruction of red blood cells, damage to the liver parenchymal cells or obstruction to the flow of bile. Examining the components of bilirubin, direct and indirect, helps in differentiating among the various causes, . ...Read more

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Causes of high gpt in blood test and tetany? Bilirubin is also slightly increased

Sorry need more info: If you have tetany (involuntary muscle contratures) then would consider abnormalities of calcium and magnesium levels. Hyperventilation can cause this and of course there are life threatening causes in which case you wouldn't be writing this question. Would need to know more about your meds and supplements and how high is your gpt? ...Read more

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Is a urea blood test reading of 4.4 normal and a total bilirubin level of 12 normal in a mcrc pt?

Is a urea blood test reading of 4.4 normal and a total bilirubin level of 12 normal in a mcrc pt?

Bil is too high: Look up the reference values for those tests in your lab report. The blood urea nitrogen of 4.4 is probably normal while a bil of 12 is very high which may indicate liver disease or hemolytic anemia depending on other test result details that you haven't included ...Read more

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Hey I am Leo 23 years , I have done my blood test and ALT (GPT) is 64 and total bilirubin 55 ... all others are fine Hemoglobina 162 g/l Hematokriti vol %: 49 % why only my ALT and total bilirubin are high ... I am scary :S any advice?

Hey I am Leo 23 years , I have done my blood test and ALT (GPT) is 64 and total bilirubin 55 ... all others are fine Hemoglobina 162 g/l Hematokriti vol %: 49 % why only my ALT and total bilirubin are high ... I am scary :S any advice?

Abnormal labs: It's hard to evaluate an isolated abnormal blood test without having the results of all of the other tests, even if normal, and the clinical setting, i.e., your other medical problems, medications, etc. I would either return to your doctor for an explanation, or upload all of your labs to us here and use HealthTap Prime or feel free to consult me on Healthtap Concierge. Good luck. ...Read more