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What does low total bilirubin mean?

What does low total bilirubin mean?

Low is OK: In general we all worry about elevated bilirubin. Low bilirubin does not suggest any particular illness, it can be cause by certain medications and vitamin c. ...Read more

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Total Bilirubin (Definition)

Bilirubin, a product of hemoglobin breakdown, is present in two forms in the human body: unconjugated (indirect bilirubin, insoluble) and conjugated (direct bilirubin, soluble). Unconjugated bilirubin is conjugated in the liver and released into the small intestine in bile, the fluid in the gallbladder. Total bilirubin measures indirect bilirubin plus direct bilirubin; part of ...Read more

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What does a low bilirubin total level mean?

What does a low bilirubin total level mean?

Never a problem: Labs "normal ranges" are set up so that a few percent of people fall below and above the reference range. As a pathologist who's devoted a lifetime to the lab, i can't emphasize too often that patients and doctors must both "look at the person, not the numbers.". ...Read more

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What does total bilirubin mean? What amount should you have as an adult?

What does total bilirubin mean?  What amount should you have as an adult?

Depends: Includes direct and indirect billirubin (different stages) and a normal level is somewhere around 1, but labs differ. ...Read more

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Total bilirubin 0.4 direct <0.1L indirect 0.3 what does that mean?

Normal values: Bilirubin is the breakdown of red blood cells. There are 2 components - direct and indirect. When elevated, more direct suggests a blockage of the bike ducts from the liver but your levels are OK. ...Read more

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My total bilirubin is 1.5 and the direct bilirubin is 0.3 what does it mean?

In most labs: A total bili of 1.5 is upper normal or very slightly elevated. In and of itself not a big deal. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my total bilirubin and albumin levels are above normal?

Need more data: What are the actual levels? What are the results of other tests? Lab test results need to be interpreted in the total clinical context of history, physical findings and results of laboratory and imaging studies. ...Read more

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What does this mean? "serum total bilirubin level" 28 umol/ l ( 1-21).

Hyperbilirubinemia: Borderline rise in bilirubin mostly caused by gilbert syndrome when you have congenital weakness of a liver enzyme which destroy the bilirubin.It rises after fasting and increased physical stress and sleeplessness. This condition is not worrisome and no medications needed. ...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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My total bilirubin blood level was 3.0. What does this mean? Is it just gilbert's or possibly something worse?

Not enough info: Need to look at the whole picture. Is this acute or chronic? Are your other liver enzymes elevated? Is your bilirubin primarily indirect or direct? Indirect would be consistent with gilbert's. ...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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