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Lupus patient- last round of tests show abnormally high bilirubin levels and abnormally low AST and ALT. What would cause this and what would it mean?

Lupus patient- last round of tests show abnormally high bilirubin levels and abnormally low AST and ALT. What would cause this and what would it mean?

Obstructive jaundice: You may have a "blockage" of your liver ducts due to your Lupus or one of the medication you are taking!
This needs further study ASAP
A Rheumatologist should be consulted

Good Luck

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...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


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Gallstone, 31% EF, low total bilirubin, high anion gap, hx of elevated liver enzymes. Liver enzymes leveled out after taking hormones. Causes? Advice?

Gallstone, 31% EF, low total bilirubin, high anion gap, hx of elevated liver enzymes. Liver enzymes leveled out after taking hormones. Causes? Advice?

HF: You have complex issues. Why do you have HF and also the cause of liver disease? The AGMA is concerning and has to be worked up. Some of these conditions can be related. What hormones did you take? I have more questions than answers, more so because you have 2 organ dysfunction and a acid base disorder and they can be related. ...Read more

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What causes low bilirubin in adults?

What causes low bilirubin in adults?

Don't worry: The lab's reference range is set up so that a few percent of healthy people's values lie below the bottom. Especially if you are not obviously sick, this means nothing. ...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

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What could be the cause of abnormally high bilirubin levels?

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

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I m having bilirubin level 2.0. Wat would be cause fa it. Wat I have to do for it get correct the problem?

Continue workup: Your physician probably needs to do some further labs. If you feel well, this is the only abnormality on a chemical profile, and it is indirect bilirubin, and you do not have previous chemical profiles with low bilirubin, you probably have gilbert's non-disease and simply need to know it. Other causes in a person who feels healthy may be medication effect, hemolysis or subtle liver troubles. ...Read more

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Are low iron levels and high bilirubin levels connected?

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

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If your gallbladder is not working right could it cause your bilirubin level to go up?

If your gallbladder is not working right could it cause your bilirubin level to go up?

Seldom: The stone must be in the common bile duct that leads from the liver to the gut. This will raise the conjugated bilirubin. It is a common mistake to think that a gallstone blocking the gall bladder will raise the serum bilirubin. Worth knowing is that maybe 5% of people normally run a high indirect bilirubin (gilbert's) which increased when they get hungry. Causes lots of confusion. ...Read more

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Is a low level of bilirubin in urine normal or not?

Normal: Low level of bilirubin in blood or urine is not a cause for concern. ...Read more

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Does hemolysis cause a false high bilirubin? What can cause a false low PKU result

Confusing questions: Hemolysis will not affect the bilirubin test but may eventually lead to a higher bilirubin level when the liver processes the hemolysed cells. This is common if a newborn has a big blood pocket called a cephalohematoma under the scalp at birth. If a newborn is tested before they have had enough dietary protein (feeding) to process, the PKU test can be falsly low. Most states repeat it at 2 wks ...Read more

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Hi, My daughter is 3 days old and her bilirubin is 21.5... now she is in under phototherapy. What other things we need to do for quick recovery? 21.5 level is it very serious? What are the causes?

Hi, My daughter is 3 days old and her bilirubin is 21.5... now she is in under phototherapy. What other things we need to do for quick recovery? 21.5 level is it very serious? What are the causes?

Phototherapy: Is the oldest, safest, and still the most reliable therapy for your daughter's condition....follow her Pediatric Team's suggestions and try to stay calm... (even newborns can "feel" the nervousness of their parents!

Hope this is helpful!
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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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Can the use of testosterone cypionate cause your bilirubin levels to elevate?

Can the use of testosterone cypionate cause your bilirubin levels to elevate?

Yes: Cholestatic jaundice is one of the possible side effects to testosterone, as well as liver dysfunction. This can cause high bilirubin levels, though there will likely be other liver tests that are abnormal in addition to the bilirubin. ...Read more

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What would happen if I took birth c. pills with my high bilirubin caused because I was a premature baby? I have no symptoms just high levels of it.

Probably nothing: BC pills just mimic hormones normally found in the body to trick your body into believing you are pregnant and prevent egg release. You likely have a bilirubin transport defect, not an issue from prematurity. Since the meds would have an effect similar to those that occur naturally, it is unlikely to cause problems. Your doc could monitor your levels to be sure. ...Read more

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Can polycythemia vera cause elevated bilirubin blood levels?

Can polycythemia vera cause elevated bilirubin blood levels?

To the extent that: P vera would be associated with increased rbc turnover, a modest increase in bili is possible. However, the disease is one of proliferation more than destruction, so if the bili is quite high we need to evaluate. ...Read more