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Bilirubin is an orange-yellowish pigment compound that is made during the breakdown of your red blood cells. This substance supports the proper digestion of food and exists in the liver bile. A healthy liver will flush out most of the bilirubin from the body.
If the liver is not healthy, bilirubin will leak into the bloodstream. The substance may even pass out via the urine, turning it dark-coloured. Too much bilirubin buildup in yout blood can increase the risk of several health issues.
Your healthcare practitioner will order a bilirubin test to measure the levels of the pigment compound in your blood. High levels of bilirubin will turn your eyes and skin yellow and may lead to jaundice, which may further indicate liver disease.
You can get a bilirubin conjugated (direct) – serum test by Apollo 24|7. This test will help:
If the test results indicate high bilirubin in your blood, it suggests that your liver is damaged. The high levels can also be due to certain factors like exercises, medications and specific food products. An elevated reading may also point toward red blood cell disorder.
Even if your reading is in the normal range, it doesn't ensure the complete wellness of your liver. For example, you may suffer from Gilbert's syndrome, a benign liver ailment that may only bump your bilirubin a little, thus not causing any alarm.
Moreover, bilirubin is hardly ever found in urine. So, if it is present in your urine, it could very well mean that you have a liver blockage or damage underway.
This test is crucial in newborns so that a doctor can quickly devise a treatment plan. Otherwise, high bilirubin levels can cause damage to brain cells, eye and hearing problems, developmental disabilities and death.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Naveen Polavarapu, Gastroenterologist, Apollo Hospitals Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
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The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results