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How concerning is bilirubin in infants?

How concerning is bilirubin in infants?

Bilirubin: Mild jaundice in newborns is harmless. However, if the level gets too high, it can cause brain damage. That's why you want to make sure to have it ministered by your doctor. ...Read more

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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Can cardiomyopathy in mother cause severe jaundice and low hemoglobin in 19 day old infant?

Can cardiomyopathy in mother cause severe jaundice and low hemoglobin in 19 day old infant?

Not likely: It appears your child has some kind of a hemolytic process going on. You need the immediate help of a pediatric hematologist. ...Read more

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Can a nursing mother with high bilirubin breast feed?

Can a nursing mother with high bilirubin breast feed?

Yes: If you are talking about your infant's high bilirubin level-the answer is yes, you may continue to nurse. Speak with your pediatrician regarding the plan for probable coordination with possible phototherapy for your infant and taking breaks to feed. If your infant is severely ill, a premie, or carring an bilirubin level > 20, your doctor may have other recommendations. ...Read more

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Can elevated bilirubin levels cause anemia?

Can elevated bilirubin levels cause anemia?

Other way around: Hemolytic anemia which is a red blood cell destructive process produce an elevated bili. ...Read more

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Treatment for adult with bilirubin level 24 due to alcoholic jaundice?

Treatment for adult with  bilirubin level 24 due to alcoholic jaundice?

Stop Alcohol/nutriti: There is no way to predict how high the bilirubin can go, it may go higher if you keep drinking first step is to stop drinkin second is proper nutrition naltrexone or acamprostate may be prescribed in some cases in late stage with cirrhosis liver transplant nothing will work if one keeps drinking, will lead to cirrhosis and liver failure in time. ...Read more

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8days boy sever birth asphyxia.total bilirubin 58mg Diret bili 20mg .lncreased liver enzymes low haemoglobin.normal abdomenal ultrasound.what diagnosi?

Very concerning: Massive hepatic necrosis in a newborn can be from herpes, CMV, medications, perhaps shock, etc. I hope for a good outcome but wish you strength and courage whatever happens. ...Read more

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Bilirubin total high 3.5, normal liver function test, negative Gilbert's syndrome, bili direct normal 0.2, normal cbc, what could cause mild bili?

Hemolyzing: You may simply have Gilbert's despite "testing negative for it". Or you may be hemolyzing. It might be worth checking your reticulocyte count; this is often up even without your being anemic in folks who run a high bilirubin like yourself. ...Read more

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Does high bilirubin level indicate liver disease?

Does high bilirubin level indicate liver disease?

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

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Sir which high enzyme levels indicate significant liver damage due to alcohol? GGT levels or SGPT or SGOT levels..

Sir which high enzyme levels indicate significant liver damage due to alcohol?  GGT levels or SGPT  or SGOT levels..

SGOT / SGPT: These are better markers for damage. SGPT 38, SGOT 28 are not concerning though they're higher than most young men's. Some men run a high GGT even if they don't drink and this shouldn't be taken as proving anything. If you're drinking daily, this might be a good time to cut way back -- who really needs to be doing this? ...Read more

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Can pregnancy alone cause elevated liver enzyme levels? Alt level was 54. Is this considered high?

Can pregnancy alone cause elevated liver enzyme levels? Alt level was 54. Is this considered high?

Slightly elevated: Alt of 54 is slightly elevated. Normal pregnancy is not associated with elevation of alt. Do you drink or take any medications? It would be good to discuss this with your ob. ...Read more

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Is 2.1 bilirubin level dangerous?

Depends: Your total bilirubin level is just above the upper limit of normal for most labs, but in isolation, it doesn't help in finding its root cause or knowing its significance. Advise talking to your doctor about all your lab results. ...Read more

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Why are hemoglobin levels higher in newborns?

Why are hemoglobin levels higher in newborns?

To carry more oxygen: Fetal hemoglobin hangs on to oxygen tighter that adult hemoglobin. Therefore more red blood cells are needed to cary the amount of oxygen that can be delivered to the tissues. The blood in utero is very saturated at a lower oxygen tension. The fetal hemoglobin is needed in utero and is slowly replaced by adult hemoglobin after birth. ...Read more

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Can a women having high serum creatinine level breast feed ?

Can a women having high serum creatinine level breast feed ?

Yes: Assuming you are healthy enough to produce milk the milk would not dangerous. ...Read more

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Alkaline Phosp 165; Bilirubin 0.4;AST 19; ALT 22; GGT 31; Total Protein 7.1; Albumin 4.4; Globulin 2.7 and other results are normal. High ALP serious.

Alkaline Phosp 165; Bilirubin 0.4;AST 19; ALT 22; GGT 31; Total Protein 7.1; Albumin 4.4; Globulin 2.7 and other results are normal. High ALP serious.

Is that all?: I'm going to assume that your have no signs or symptoms and other labs are fine. Many folks run a high alk phos, and some folks' spikes up if they're not fasting. If your physician is not worried, I woulnd't be either. ...Read more

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Helow sir my newborn baby before 36 hours it is no drink milk and its bilirubin total 8.5 bilirubin direct 1.1 bilirubin indirect 7.4 this report?

Helow sir my newborn baby  before 36 hours it is no drink milk and its   bilirubin total 8.5 bilirubin direct 1.1 bilirubin indirect 7.4 this report?

All babies drink: Question is unclear. All new babies drink breast milk... unless there is a "bigger problem," such as prematurity, infection (sepsis), breathing problems, etc... The "bigger problem" usually becomes the worry, not the milk-drinking. The pediatrician can help explain any medical issues. Regarding lab results... numbers are just numbers, without much meaning unless a doctor can see the whole picture. ...Read more

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What causes high bilirubin levels in teenagers?

What causes high bilirubin levels in teenagers?

Many possibilities: There are many possible causes for high bilirubin, but they all come down to the liver either not processing bilirubin properly or the body producing more bilirubin than the liver can process. ...Read more

Dr. Cindy Williams
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Newborn Jaundice (Definition)

A condition in which a new baby turns yellow due to a higher level of bilirubin in his body. Bilirubin is a byproduct of the breakdown and recycling of red blood cells. Healthy babies can have neonatal jaundice as a normal phase during the first few weeks, but doctors will still evaluate such babies to be sure there ...Read more


Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Yellow Eyes And Skin (Definition)

Jaundice is a yellow color in the skin, mucus membranes, or eyes. The yellow pigment is from bilirubin, a byproduct of the breakdown of old red blood cells. Jaundice is also a ...Read more