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Doctor insights on: What Is Considered To Be A High Bilirubin Level

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What is considered to be a high bilirubin level?

See below: In an adult a level above 1.0 mg would be considered high. See this site for more info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/bilirubin/my00094/dsection=results.

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 is considered to be a high level of bilirubin?

What is considered to be a high level of bilirubin?

More than 2mg/dl: This number has to be carefully interpreted in the context of other liver tests, clinical context and medical history.

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What is a high bilirubin level in adults?

What is a high bilirubin level in adults?

More than ~1.5 mg/dL: Or thereabouts. Whether it means anything is another story. Folks with gilbert's hover between here and maybe 3-4 without being sick. Folks who have hemolysis from illness or extreme athletics run a high bilirubin that's well tolerated. Liver disease and bile duct obstruction are likely to raise bile salts and the jaundice is thus more unpleasant.

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What is a high bilirubin level in a newborn?

What is a high bilirubin level in a newborn?

See below: Bilirubin levels in full term, healthy newborns that may require treatment serum bilirubin levels age of baby above 10 mg less than 24 hours old above 15 mg 24-48 hours old above 18 mg 49-72 hours old above 20 mg older than 72 hours good luck.

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Do athletes usually have high bilirubin level?

Do athletes usually have high bilirubin level?

No: A few percent of people have gilbert's and a lifelong elevated bilirubin as a non-problem. Marathonners may get hemolysis from pavement-pounding with the feet and this may produce a slightly high bilirubin. Don't even pay attention to a bilirubin within a reference range.

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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.

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How do I get my high Bilirubin levels to come down?

High bilirubin: The answer depends on why your bilirubin levels are elevated. This can be of no consequence at all in some circumstances or a sign of a serious illness in others. If your bilirubin is elevated, you need an evaluation to find out why. See your doctor soon. You may need to see a gastroenterologist, in addition. Good luck.

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What are the health risks of having high bilirubin levels?

Cause of lesion: Some people have slightly elevated bilirubin, less than 5.0 mg/dL and are none the worse for it. It depends more on why your bilirubin is elevated rather than the level per se. The reasons can be hemolytic anemia, hepatitis, gall stones, cirrhosis and some cancers.

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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.

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Could you tell me what are problems of high bilirubin levels?

Could you tell me what are problems of high bilirubin levels?

How high?: A slightly elevated bilirubin or bilirubin at the upper end of normal is good for you. After that it depends on why the bilirubin is high. Abnormally elevated bilirubin may be due to hemolysis, liver inflammation. Bile duct obstruction, drug and drug effects etc and problem depends on the cause.

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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.

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What can I do if my bilirubin levels were a little high, how worried should I be?

How high?: Minimal elevation of bilirubin may be associated with vigorous exercise and would be good for you. If it more than minimally elevated, you should consult your doctor to rule out liver disease or red cell destruction, or mediation effects, if you are on any medication.

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Can high level of bilirubin like 8 damage organ if it os present for a long time. Time like 2 months?

Can high level of bilirubin like 8 damage organ if it os present for a long time. Time like 2 months?

Probably not: A level of 8 indicated serious problem but is not high enough to cause damage to other organs. The underlying disease might though in certain cases, not hepatitis a.

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Hello! I have high level of indirect bilirubin. Is that something to worry about? What should I do? Thank you!

It depends,,: It depends on how high it is and for how long. If it's been high a while, there might be some underlying process going on. If it's very high, there might be something acute causing a reaction like autoimmune disease destroying the blood cells and raising this bilirubin. It'd be smart to see your doctor for more tests and examination, especially with a history of gastrectomy.

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What is the effect of high level of total bilirubin?

Brain damage in new: Born. High levels of bilirubin in newborns cause brain damage. In adults it is not the high bilirubin but the cause of bilirubin that is more important.

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How is high levels of bilirubin treated for elderly?

How is high levels of bilirubin treated for elderly?

Depends on: The cause. High bilirubin is a symptoms and can be due to many different reasons, e.g., hemolysis, liver inflammation, obstruction of bile ducts and drug effects etc and each requires a different treatment.

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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.

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Can you tell me which are the risks of having high bilirubin levels?

Don't Rx lab values: Elevated bilirubin is not by itself dangerous (except to babies at high levels). It is a marker for illness but the big picture is the key. Several percent of healthy folks have Gilbert's non-disease with slightly high indirect bilirubin and a tendency to turn yellow if you miss a few meals. Isolated high bilirubin can be a marker for cholestasis from meds or hemolysis from any cause.

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What are the potential consequences of high bilirubin levels in the blood?

What are the potential consequences of high bilirubin levels in the blood?

Depends: This depends on the cause, level, & type of elevated bilirubin (conjugated vs unconjugated). There are many causes of high bilirubin levels, some of which are relatively benign, and some that may be serious. In some cases, high bilirubin may cause yellowing of the skin/eyes or increased risk for gallstones. In newborns, a significantly high bilirubin is dangerous due to the risk of brain damage.