The Bilirubin Test is a diagnostic test that measures how much bilirubin is in the blood. Bilirubin
is a yellow pigment produced by decomposing red blood cells. This is a significant indicator of
liver health. Therefore, it is important to understand when a bilirubin test is necessary and what
results may indicate about your health.
What does Bilirubin measure?
Measuring bilirubin levels can help diagnose jaundice, liver diseases, and other medical
conditions. Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that is produced by the breakdown of heme which is an
iron-containing molecule that is important for many biological processes. Bilirubin is measured
to determine if someone has anaemia, liver disease, or jaundice. It is also used to help diagnose
other conditions such as bile duct obstruction, hemolytic anaemia, and Gilbert's syndrome.
Bilirubin levels are important indicators of a person's health and can help doctors determine
the cause of certain symptoms.
Types of Bilirubin Tests
A bilirubin test measures the overall level of bilirubin. There are two ways of tests - indirect and
- Indirect bilirubin refers to the levels of bilirubin due to the direct decomposition of RBC.
- Direct bilirubin is the level of bilirubin present post-metabolism in the liver.
Normal Level for adults fall within the range of:
- Direct bilirubin: < 0.3 mg/dL (less than 5.1 umol/L)
- Total bilirubin: 0.1 to 1.0 mg/dL (1.71 to 20.5 umol/L)
Above 1.2 mg/dL is considered a high level.
Signs of high Billurubin
Causes of High billurubin
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Itchy skin
- Pale stool
- Chest pain
- Unusually dark urine
- Hemolytic anaemia
- Hepatitis A
- Disease in pancreatitis
- Cirrhosis, of liver
To determine the reasons for fluctuating bilirubin levels, doctors may recommend an additional
set of tests, including:
- Liver function tests
- Liver protein tests
- Urinalysis tests
- Liver biopsy
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