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Question: High Bilirubin Enzyme Levels!!Please Help!


 Sebby718 - Thu Dec 23, 2004 2:52 am

I have a 4.0 mg/dl level of TOT Bilirubin and a 0.9 mg/dl of DIR (direct?) Bilirubin.
My doctor performed an ultra scan and ran hepatitis tests on my Liver,but she found nothing wrong! I am due back at her office for another appointment next week.Can someone please tell me if i should still worry?What are the causes of having such a high bilirubin level?And does that mean i have a 3.1 mg/dl of INDIRECT Bilirubin?
Please help!!!
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Fri Dec 24, 2004 3:26 pm

User avatar Dear Sebby718,
An elevation of bilirubin levels of 4.0 is abnormal. Because your bilirubin is mainly indirect it is suggestive of hemolytic anemia. You should have a blood count performed and a reticulocyte count. Once hemolysis is established, the cause is determined using the clinical history, Coombs' test and red cell morphology on blood smear.

For a more thorough understanding please visit our anemia/anemia2.htm" class="postlink">hemolytic anemia page.

Best regards,

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