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How To Treat High Bilirubin Levels
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
More than ~1.5 mg/dL: Or thereabouts. Whether it means anything is another story. Folks with gilbert's hover between here and maybe 3-4 without being sick. Folks who have hemolysis from illness or extreme athletics run a high bilirubin that's well tolerated. Liver disease and bile duct obstruction are likely to raise bile salts and the jaundice is thus more unpleasant. ...Read more
High bilirubin: The answer depends on why your bilirubin levels are elevated. This can be of no consequence at all in some circumstances or a sign of a serious illness in others. If your bilirubin is elevated, you need an evaluation to find out why. See your doctor soon. You may need to see a gastroenterologist, in addition. Good luck. ...Read more
More than 2mg/dl: This number has to be carefully interpreted in the context of other liver tests, clinical context and medical history. ...Read more
High billirubin: Elevation of billirubin can be caused production. Accelerated breakdown of red blood cells. Liver disease one of many functions is to remove from blood stream. Blocked excretion billirubin should be deposited in gall bladder as bile salts any thing blocking exit can raise billirubin. I have simply covered about a couple hundred disease conditions. Need to consult your doctor. ...Read more
How high?: A slightly elevated bilirubin or bilirubin at the upper end of normal is good for you. After that it depends on why the bilirubin is high. Abnormally elevated bilirubin may be due to hemolysis, liver inflammation. Bile duct obstruction, drug and drug effects etc and problem depends on the cause. ...Read more
Can high level of bilirubin like 8 damage organ if it os present for a long time. Time like 2 months?
Probably not: A level of 8 indicated serious problem but is not high enough to cause damage to other organs. The underlying disease might though in certain cases, not hepatitis a. ...Read more
Hello! I have high level of indirect bilirubin. Is that something to worry about? What should I do? Thank you!
It depends,,: It depends on how high it is and for how long. If it's been high a while, there might be some underlying process going on. If it's very high, there might be something acute causing a reaction like autoimmune disease destroying the blood cells and raising this bilirubin. It'd be smart to see your doctor for more tests and examination, especially with a history of gastrectomy. ...Read more
My bilirubin levels are high:total 3.98 umol/l, direct 1.77 umol/l, indirect 2.21 umol/l. All 3 are the diff from normal lvls. What do they mean?
As above: I do 't want to scare u, therefore try to discuss this with u pcp. ...Read more
May be, may be not: Further evaluation is obviously needed. I can't say whether it is related or not without getting more information. In many cases- probably those two are not related. However in a case of colon cancer with metastatic disease to the liver- it can cause both increase of bilirubin level as well as low iron. Go to see your md and discuss further your condition. ...Read more
Don't Rx lab values: Elevated bilirubin is not by itself dangerous (except to babies at high levels). It is a marker for illness but the big picture is the key. Several percent of healthy folks have Gilbert's non-disease with slightly high indirect bilirubin and a tendency to turn yellow if you miss a few meals. Isolated high bilirubin can be a marker for cholestasis from meds or hemolysis from any cause. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on the cause, level, & type of elevated bilirubin (conjugated vs unconjugated). There are many causes of high bilirubin levels, some of which are relatively benign, and some that may be serious. In some cases, high bilirubin may cause yellowing of the skin/eyes or increased risk for gallstones. In newborns, a significantly high bilirubin is dangerous due to the risk of brain damage. ...Read more
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
Not Usually: For many labs that value is normal, or close to normal. However, even when high, isolated elevated bilirubin (no other liver labs are high) is usually due to a condition known as gilbert's syndrome, and is not worrisome. You may find other family members have this as well, as it is genetic. ...Read more
I take testcypimate I've had blood work and my t count was high as well as my bilirubin level 1.8. Everything else was normal, should I be concered?
Needs follow up: Your testesterone replacement should not get your serum level higher than about 1000 (depending on the lab). It can cause some liver issues that could increase your bilirubin so this does need to be addressed by your doctor, but I would assume cutting back on the replacement will get both things back in range. ...Read more
Jaundice: Obstructive juandice. Check for haaepatitis or gall stones ...Read more
Bilirubin: Gilbert syndrome (normal variant usually less than 4), gallstone obstruction (you'll be very sick), end stage liver disease (again very sick), pancreatic cancer (causing obstruction). Could be many things, go over results with doctor and gi. ...Read more
No: These two are not related.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends: High bilirubin can be due to various type of diseases, including liver diseases, blood disorders. I am not sure whether your other liver tests are normal or not. If you have this for long time, you should seek medical attention. Transient minimal or mild high bilirubin can be benign also. ...Read more
Find cause: Don't treat a lab value. If there's other abnormal liver labs, get a proper workup. Gilbert's non-disease features elevated indirect bilriubin for life. Drugs can cause cholestasis, and hemolysis (even from running a lot) can cause elevated indirect bilirubin. Your physician can do the workup. ...Read more
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
I have bilirubin level of 32umol. Previously it was 30umol. My doctor says it is not too high and has not suggested anything. What do u recommend?
Hard to tell: It is impossible to interpret these results without knowing the results of all of your blood tests, including the normal ones, and the normal ranges at your lab. In addition, your medical history is important to know when trying to interpret labs. If you'd like, you could upload all of your labs to HealthTap Concierge and a doctor could analyze those for you. Good luck. ...Read more
My frnd is suffering from typhoid, also his bilirubin level is high from normal, I just wanted to know which medicine should he take for these symptoms?
See your doctor: You should make an accurate diagnosis with blood and/or culture results. They will help your doctor decide which is the correct medicine to prescribe. ...Read more
Hemolysis: Very strenuous exercise that involves pavement-pounding can destroy enough red blood cells that the bilirubin and reticulocyte counts go up. As a pathologist, I'm always reminding folks to look at the person, not the numbers. If your bilirubin's up and it's not jogger's hemolysis or gilbert's, try to find the cause with your physician's help. ...Read more
ItCanBeINDIRECTLY:-): Jaundice is the medical term for an elevated bilirubin level in the bloodstream; this is a breakdown product of red blood cells, normally excreted via the liver into the digestive tract. Total bilirubin levels consist of direct+indirect. Elevated direct bili can occur from any liver disease or obstruction of the outflow of bile from the liver, which can occur when a stone blocks the bile duct. ...Read more
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