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Doctor insights on: Urine Bilirubin

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Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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Effect of medicine on lipid profile and routine urine, bilirubin test.

Yes: Many medications affect lipid profile such as diuretics. Also they can affect the bilirubin. Ask your doctor to review your meds. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
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Ask your doctor to review your medications to identify cause
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Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
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If male, schedule a prostate exam
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I am on methotrexate. Labs say that albumin/globulin and anion gap are low with bilirubin in urine. Should i be worried?

I am on methotrexate.  Labs say that albumin/globulin and anion gap are low with bilirubin in urine. Should i be worried?

Yes: Your physician knows how to handle this. Managing patients on Methotrexate is a matter of weighing the benefits in treating the illness against the predictable danger to the liver. The bilirubinuria is more specific for a liver problem. Trust your physician on this; i trust you stay physically fit and do not use alcohol. ...Read more

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Effect of medicine on lipid profile and routine urine, bilirubin test.

Yes: Many medications affect lipid profile such as diuretics. Also they can affect the bilirubin. Ask your doctor to review your meds. ...Read more

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Blood work all normal but urine showed bilirubin at a + Doctors not concerned though this is the second urine test on it as both tested positive.

Lab error: If your serum conjugated bilirubin is normal, this result is an error. Your physician may want to give the pathologist at the lab a call. ...Read more

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Specific Gravity URN 1.031 Ketone Urine (Trace) Bilirubin Urine (small) what could possibly cause the above? My doctor recommends for ultrasound exam

Almost normal urine: Must be other reasons for the ultrasound recommendation. The urine results aren't very abnormal. It could result from mild dehydration overnight and fasting. Small bilirubin can be a false positive. What kind of ultrasound? Bladder residual volume? R/O renal artery stenosis? Kidney? ...Read more

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Dark cloudy urine and high bilirubin (31) young man What is the cause? No other symptoms...

High bilirubin : dark colored urine and increased bilirubin may be due to some form of hepatitis. Usually it's accompanied by right upper abdominal pain and jaundice-yellow sclera of the eyes. stool may turn pale clay color. There are multiple causes of hepatitis: viral, obstructive due to blockage in a gall bladder or from some medications. You need to see a doctor for further blood work and abdominal sonogram ...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