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What exactly does it mean when your bilirubin levels are too high?

What exactly does it mean when your bilirubin levels are too high?

Probably nothing: It may mean absolutely nothing. If the bilirubin is the only liver test elevated you probably have gilbert's disease which is a benign condition. 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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What does high bilirubin mean and what damage?

What does high bilirubin mean and what damage?

Depending on levels.: Bilirubin is a by-product of blood cell breakdown which every living-human has. Small amount is normal, but too much can be toxic to the developing brain. Level of 14 or more in preterm and 17 in fullterm baby is concerning and needs medical attention. Feed the baby--as much as possible, more feeding, faster resolution of jaundice. Consult and follow up with doc. Good luck. Read more

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What does it mean if an adult has very high bilirubin numbers in their blood?

Liver disease: High levels of bilirubin usually result from liver disease. However, there are different types of bilirubins with different implications. Read more

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I just got my blood results back and everything was good but my bilirubin was high what does that mean? And what is bilirubin?

I just got my blood results back and everything was good but my bilirubin was high what does that mean? And what is bilirubin?

Gilbert's: Bilirubin's the green stuff in bile; your liver processes it from broken-down red blood cells. A few percent of people always have a mildly elevated indirect bilirubin from "gilbert's non-disease"; your physician knows how to detect this. If you've ever missed a few meals and turned a bit yellow, you can probably self-diagnose. Trust you're not taking meds that cause cholestasis. Your dr can tell. Read more

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My conjugated bilirubin is sky high. What does this mean?

How high?: What is the actual value? What are the results of other tests? How long have you had this abnormality? Lab test results need to be interpreted in the total clinical context. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with the doctor who ordered the lab test. Read more

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If I have elevated bilirubin level what does this mean?

Long list: Increased bilirubin is generally due to disorder of the liver, but can also be due to hemolytic anemia and metabolic disorders. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007491.htm. Read more

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What would a blood test with high total bilirubin mean?

What would a blood test with high total bilirubin mean?

Liver and red cells: Bilirubin is the metabolic product of hemoglobin. The high levels may be from excessive destruction of red blood cells, damage to the liver parenchymal cells or obstruction to the flow of bile. Examining the components of bilirubin, direct and indirect, helps in differentiating among the various causes, . Read more

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I have low white blood count (4.4) and BILIRUBIN is high at (1.4) what would this mean for a twenty something year old?

Any symptoms?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it may be your normal and there may not nothing out of order. You should discuss it with your doctor who knows more about your health.
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Should I be concerned if my bilirubin in my liver has been elevated slightly for the past 3 and a half months, what could it mean?

Maybe: If it is primarily conjugated bilirubin and this is your only abnormality, it's likely you have gilbert's non-disease and should forget about it. I take it your physician isn't worried; you shouldn't be either. You may get checked for hemolysis with a reticulocyte count. If you're taking some medication and this is new, you may have rx-induced cholestasis. Other possibilities exist. Read more

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What exactly does having elevated bilirubin in the liver mean?

See below: Elevated bilirubin may be due to excess destruction of red cells, liver inflammation, and/or blockage to the flow of bile. See this site for more information.
http://www. Nhs. Uk/conditions/jaundice/pages/causes. Aspx. Read more

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Biopsy shows signs of rejection but now his serum bilirubin is elevated what might this mean?

Biopsy shows signs of rejection but now his serum bilirubin is elevated what might this mean?

See details: Are we talking about a liver transplant patient? I am not sure what your question is asking. If a transplanted organ is showing signs of rejection, that is very serious. Meds can be adjusted and that may be all that is needed. However, it could be that the organ is ceasing to function. Read more

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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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What does it mean to have elevated conjugated bilirubin but normal total bilirubin? And if it is together with high amylase and borderline lipase?

What does it mean to have elevated conjugated bilirubin but normal total bilirubin? And if it is together with high amylase and borderline lipase?

Gallbladder/pancreas: High amylase with increased lipase can indicate pancreatitis.
High conjugated bilirubin indicates hepatobiliary disease. You should go see a gastroenterologist with your lab results. Read more

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I have high thyroid peroxides antibodies levels & high bilirubin & selenium levels. What does this mean?

I have high thyroid peroxides antibodies levels & high bilirubin & selenium levels. What does this mean?

Something not right: A high thyroid antibody level suggests that you are more prone to develop a thyroid disease and other autoimmune diseases but this is not a certainty. The high bilirubin and selenium level is of concerned and one would wonder where the source of selenium is. You need to consult your doctor and perhaps a GI specialist. Read more

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I was told that my liver enzymes where too high, the blood count is 2136000, and my bilirubin count is 7.5. What does it all mean?

I was told that my liver enzymes where too high, the blood count is 2136000, and my bilirubin count is 7.5. What does it all mean?

Serious liver: Disease. This issue is not suitable for a 400 character answer. Please see your doctor for proper evaluation through history, physical examintion, imaging, lab tests and may be trial of treatment. Read more

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Urinalysis was negative for bilirubin but had 3.2 umol of urobilinogen? Confused as to what this means. Bloodwork was all normal except for high mch

Urinalysis was negative for bilirubin but had 3.2 umol of urobilinogen? Confused as to what this means. Bloodwork was all normal except for high mch

Any symptoms?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your lab results are not a cause for concern. You did not say if you have any symptoms; do you? Read more

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What does it mean when you have high alkaline phosphatase levels, but low bilirubin, high aspartate transaminase?

What does it mean when you have high alkaline phosphatase levels, but low bilirubin, high aspartate transaminase?

See a hepatologist: In this setting, an elevated alkaline phosphatase (also known as alk phos), may be an indicator of bile duct obstruction, but can also be elevated in a number of other diseases, including immune injury to the bile ducts, such as primary sclerosing cholangitis or primary biliary cirrhosis. Alk phos can also be elevated in the presence of liver masses and infection. Read more

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Had. 5mgdl direct bilirubin.1.2 total. High end of normal ALT and AST everything else liver low or normal. What could this mean? Thanks :)

Had. 5mgdl direct bilirubin.1.2 total. High end of normal ALT and AST everything else liver low or normal. What could this mean? Thanks :)

May be normal: All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Do you have any symptoms? Are there any risk factors for hep c? Please discuss the results with your doctor. Read more