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Question: Gilbert's? 16yo male has high bili, low WBC, high Lymphs

 kypntuck - Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:28 pm

My 16yo very healthy son suddenly became very fatigued, started looking jaundiced and complaining of knee pain a month ago. His PCP ran CBC w/ Diff, Chem 13, TSH & CRP. Results were normal except:
TBILI 3.9 0.0 - 1.2 (Ref Range)
WBC 3.5 4.0 - 10.5
ABSOL NEUT 1.7 1.7 - 6.6
LYMPHS-AUTO 42 9 - 33
PCP thought might be Gilbert's Syndrome wanted to repeeat LFT in a few weeks (didn't mention the low WBC & High Lymphs). LFT was run this week (but no other tests) results were:
TBILI 3.9 0.0 - 1.2
DBILI .3 0.0 – 0.2
IBILI 3.6 0.0 – 0.9
SGOT dropped from 18 to 15 15 - 37 (Ref Range)
SGPT dropped from 25 to 30 25 - 70
PCP sent email saying it is likely Gilbert's Syndrome and we can recheck again in 6 months. I am trying not to be a freaked out mom, but feel like we may be ignoring some of the other possibilities. My father had AML which was only indicated by a low WBC count over several months prompted a marrow biopsy.

Overprotective mom? or reason for concern?

Thank You,
Worried Mom
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:46 am

User avatar Hello,Gilberts is generally diagnosed at puberty because the body steroid hormones inhibit bilurubin detoxification.It is benign and does not cause any problems.The leucopenia is mild and not of significance.I think you are simply a worried mum than anything else.A differential count with abnormal cells,or other suggestive features are not seen and surely you should quit worrying.Good wishes.

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