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What Does Low Total Bilirubin Mean
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
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Dr called said blood tests were normal Rcvd lab results MCH is low & total Bilirubin @1.9. All other results are in normal range. What does this mean?
Maybe Gilbert's?: It is a familial (autosomal dominant), common (2-5% of people), unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia (blood bilirubin measures 1-5mg/dl), not due to breakdown of blood. It is associated with reduced enzyme levels of udp glycuronyl transferase, that results in jaundice when patients fast or suffer an infection. It does not shorten life or raise insurance rates, but may predispose to tylenol toxicity. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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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