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How Accurate Are Bilirubin Tests
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
Does a person need to fast for a bilirubin blood test, and for how many hours.? Will the results be more accurate if fasting for many hours?
My all others tests are normal .Only total bilirubin is 2.1 mg/dl.How can I lowered it to normal ?
abnomal "normal": There is likely nothing that you need to do. There are people who have issues with bilirubin metabolism and have a higher than normal level .It will always be there and nothing needs to be done. Suggest you google the term bilirubin and go to a medical site-like web md- that can give you all the possible causes for this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My bilirubin was 2.4. The direct was 0.8. Since everything else is normal Doc said its nothing to worry about. 2nd time tests like this. Is he right?
Yes right-Gilbert's: Due to a mild benign enzyme deficiency you cannot incorporate the breakdown product of red blood cells into the liver cells. The condition is known as Gilbert's Syndrome. ...Read more
My liver tests are as follows:
Bilirubin Direct : 0.3 mg/dL, Bilirubin Indirect : 1.8 mg / dl, Globulin : 5.6 g / dL
Should I be concerned
? 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 toxicity. ...Read more
See below: Increased indirect bilirubin caused by overproduction of bilirubin ( breakdown product of red blood cells), reduced bilirubin uptake, or impaired bilirubin conjugation. Many causes, but in absence of other symptoms and a history of elevated bili in past this is likely a benign genetic disorder. However, there are other potential causes and you should see your doc to make sure. ...Read more
If i donate blood every 2 months will it affect the results of liver tests because of the blood removed, like bilirubin and albumin?
No, No effects: Body is able rebuild all these ingredients in two months time. So LFTs are not altered. ...Read more
Total bilirubin 1.07 ultrasound found sludge in gallbladder awhile back, could this be the cause? Is 1.07 alarming? All other tests considered fine.
Liver metastases and bilirubin is increasing rapidly daily . Other liver tests fine . Anything can be done to halt this ? What if it just carries on rising ?
Jaundice: If bili keeps on rising, it will make a person uncomfortably itchy. The main way to manage this in the absence of the tumor responding to chemo, is to have a narrow tube (stent) inserted to maintain drainage of bile. But if no obstruction identified, this may not be possible. Stent placement requires experienced endoscopist, with ERCP experience and good scopes. ...Read more
My dad is a ckd stage 5 patient. He is on HD thrice a week. His recent tests show high bilirubin of 237 but enzymes r lower . What does this mean?
Needs evaluation: Bilirubin is not affected directly by kidney failure or dialysis. Various types of medication can cause elevation or a variety of liver and biliary tract (bile ducts) problems can cause elevation. A level of 237 ( micro moles/liter not mg/dl) is high (normal is 2-17). Have him discuss with primary MD and kidney doctor further evaluation and possibly seeing a liver specialist. ...Read more
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