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Forum Name: Liver Diseases

Question: Slightly high bilirubin - should I be concerned?

 polly82 - Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:40 pm

My bloodtest half a year ago showed that I have total bilirubin at 1.5, direct at 0.3. I repeated the test now and the results were total bilirubin at 1.6 direct at 0.4. (The norm for my lab is total up to 1.2 direct up to 0.3) Apart from these results all my other blood tests (eg other liver enzymes, CBC, etc) are normal. I'm generally healthy and feel well. Is there a cause for concern, and what could this result mean? Are there any other tests I should do to rule out possible diseases? Thanks for answering.
 Dr. A. SillĂ©n - Fri Sep 16, 2005 3:58 pm

Dear polly82,

If all your other tests are normal and you are not having any symptoms, there is no need for any further investigation. Remember that the normal values are set so that about 95% of healthy individuals will have results within the norm. That means up to 5% of completely normal people will have "abnormal" lab results. There is no need to worry.

Also, se my (long) reply to "bereal" in this forum.

Take care,

Anders, MD
 polly82 - Fri Sep 16, 2005 5:11 pm


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