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Question: High bilirubin

 Lynncorry1964 - Sat Sep 17, 2005 9:29 am

It was discovered that my 13 year old son has high bilirubin levels. I was told the norm is 2.2 - 10 and his is 3x the norm at 66. I wasn't told if this was total, direct or indirect. (not sure if I have the proper teminology). HIs bloodwork came back normal as did the ultrasound. We are scheduled to see a pediatrician this week. My son had jaundice as a newborn to dangerously high levels and then in the sixth week it plummetted to normal. Around 2 years of age it was discovered that he was anemic. He was treated and all seemed well. At around 7 years of age he became jaundiced again. He was then treated as having a liver infection. Since then we and others have noticed his yellowish skin tone. I've taken him often to have his iron checked but the doctors always stated he was ok. Could someone please inform me on what could possibly be the problem. I am concerned about luekemia. There are others in close relation to my husband and I that have suffered from this disease. Both adults and children. Am I correct in thinking the levels may be directly caused by this disease?
 Lynncorry1964 - Sat Sep 17, 2005 9:19 pm

sorry, the levels are 10 - 22
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Fri Sep 23, 2005 6:45 am

We may need more details, such as:
What type of hyperbilirubinemia is he suffering, direct, indirect or both?
Also, the jaundice that occured as a baby, did he then require exhange of blood or how was he treated? What were the levels?
What type of anemia did he suffer and how was he treated? Did it require blood transfusion?
What are the results of his liver function tests and was he ever tested for hepatitis?
 Lynncorry1964 - Fri Sep 23, 2005 6:53 am

we are presently waiting for the results of his most recent blood tests. His bilirubin levels as a baby were 187. As for the type of bilirubin (total, indirect) we were never informed. There has never been an exchange of blood and we are not sure what type of anemia but it was due to insufficient iron levels. I will have more information within 2 weeks.

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