Bilirubin Blood Test
A bilirubin blood test is a common test used to measure the amount of bilirubin in your blood. Bilirubin is a yellow-coloured pigment that is produced when red blood cells break down. High levels of bilirubin can indicate a number of different health conditions, such as jaundice, hepatitis, and cirrhosis.
- Bilirubin Blood Test is often carried out to check the healthy function of your liver. Higher than normal levels of Bilirubin can indicate underlying health conditions with in the liver such as; jaundice, hepatitis or blockages in the bile ducts.
Bilirubin is produced from the breakdown of haemoglobin, a protein that is present in red blood cells. Bilirubin is processed in the liver, and then often stored in the gallbladder after processing. Following this, it is released in the bile.
High Bilirubin levels will often manifest as a sign of acute liver disease
Symptoms of acute liver disease may include: Loss of appetite Swelling in your stomach Dark urine Light-coloured stool Nausea Weakness Chronic fatigue Yellowish eyes or skin (jaundice)
Additional Insight from Dr Sameer Nakedar, MBBS, MRCGP, PGCert
Bilirubin is often part of a liver function test and can be used as a marker for the presence of jaundice. Jaundice can be a sign of many things, sometimes it could be a disease, damage to the liver or a genetic disease.
Why take a Bilirubin Blood Test?
Bilirubin Blood Tests are carried out to check the healthy function of the liver and bile duct. Bilirubin is a potentially toxic waste product, with the body developing complex system to safely regulate its levels and remove excess levels via the liver.
"This test can be used either to investigate jaundice or as a general monitoring exercise. It can also be important in detecting some cancers, including pancreatic cancer, where it may show up as painless jaundice, often presenting with no symptoms but very high bilirubin levels."
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