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Can a high total bilirubin level of 3.0 kill you?

Can a high total bilirubin level of 3.0 kill you?

Usually not: The most common cause is gilberts syndrome a genetic syndrome where a specific liver enzyme it missing. Patients with this syndrome can have elvated bilirubins when fasting or stressed. They live a normal lifespan and the elevated bilirubin may be protective. There are other causes of elevated bilirubin like gallstones, but you probably should check with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Total Bilirubin (Definition)

Bilirubin, a product of hemoglobin breakdown, is present in two forms in the human body: unconjugated (indirect bilirubin, insoluble) and conjugated (direct bilirubin, soluble). Unconjugated bilirubin is conjugated in the liver and released into the small intestine in bile, the fluid in the gallbladder. Total bilirubin measures indirect bilirubin plus direct bilirubin; part of ...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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Will glucose of 118 and hgb A1c of 5.7 cause a high total bilirubin number?

Will glucose of 118 and hgb A1c of 5.7 cause a high total bilirubin number?

No: This is excellent diabetes control (if diabetic), borderline sugar if not diabetic. Elevated bilirubin, your doctor needs to find the cause. Gilbert syndrome may have slight high bilirubin (normal variant usually <3). Liver disease, gallstone obstruction : needs attention talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have high Total Bilirubin (1.68 mg/dl) & Direct Bilirubin (0.44 mg/dl) and will see Doctor. But what can I do myself to bring it back to normal?

I have high Total Bilirubin (1.68 mg/dl) & Direct Bilirubin (0.44 mg/dl) and will see Doctor. But what can I do myself to bring it back to normal?

Nothing: Unless you are taking some meds that you don't need -- especially any of these "unregulated holistic / Ayurvedic medicines". Some of them are liver poisons -- the world is full of crooks. We'll repeat your labs off all unnecessary meds, and if you've got a mild liver problem or a kink in your metabolism, we'll figure it out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Discomfort on the up abdomen rad to the back, but showed high total bilirubin (1.5 mg/dL); low amylase (24 U/L), and low lipase (12 U/L).  What is it?

Discomfort on the up abdomen rad to the back, but showed high total bilirubin (1.5 mg/dL); low amylase (24 U/L), and low lipase (12 U/L).  What is it?

Many Possibilities: There are many unanswered questions, ei: characteristic of pain, relieving factors, precipitating factors and duration of pain to name a few. Having said this, the slightly elevated total bilirubin might suggest a gallbladder issue, ei:biliary colic from gallstones. See you primary doctor and answer the above questions, this will guide appropriate work up and treatment. ...Read more

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Received test result of high total bilirubin at 1.9ml. Is this cause for concern? Doctor did not address it and called with normal results.

High end of normal: 1.9mg/dL is on the higher end of normal for total bilirubin. It is not cause for concern be itself, but lab tests always need to be interpreted in the context of medical history, exam findings and symptoms. One should always feel comfortable asking a physician to interpret normal or abnormal 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