Bilirubin

Definition of Bilirubin:

A waste product of hemoglobin recycling, it is primarily excreted in feces, oxidizing into that familiar brown color (except for beets).

Topics Related to Bilirubin

Bile Duct Cancer

...the condition
“...Jaundice is caused by the accumulation in the skin of a component of bile (bilirubin) that normally empties into the intestines after traveling through the bile ducts...”

Bilirubinemia

...related topic
“The presence of abnormally high bilirubin in the blood, usually signifying hepatitis, with jaundice due next week...”
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Bilirubinuria

...related topic
“Presence of bilirubin (yellow-red pigment of bile) in urine...”

Cirrhosis of the Liver

...the condition
“...Tests can reveal liver problems including ... Elevated bilirubin...”

Crohn's Disease

...the condition
“...Increased alkaline phosphatase, serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transminase (SGOT) (AST {aspartate aminotransferase}) or bilirubin due to associated liver disease...”

Elevated Bilirubin Levels

...the condition
Bilirubin is produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells...”
...relationship to Hemolytic Anemia
“Certain conditions, such as hemolytic anemia, can cause increased destruction of red blood cells and therefore increased bilirubin production...”
...relationship to Hepatitis
“Diseases that cause liver damage can lead to increased bilirubin levels...”
...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
“Diseases that cause liver damage can lead to increased bilirubin levels...”
...relationship to Sickle Cell Trait / Disease
“Sickle cell disease causes rapid destruction of red blood cells in the blood, leading to increased bilirubin levels...”
...relationship to Gilbert's Syndrome
“One common – and harmless – cause of elevated bilirubin is Gilbert's syndrome, a deficiency in an enzyme that helps break down bilirubin...”

Gallbladder Cancer

...the condition
“...Blood tests are used to test liver and gallbladder function, and measure how much bilirubin is in the blood, as well as albumin, alkaline phosphatase, AST, ALT, and GGT, which can all be at abnormal levels in cases of liver, bile duct, or gallbladder disease...”

Gallbladder Disease

...the condition
“...They are composed of calcium bilirubinate, or calcified bilirubin, the substance formed by the breakdown of hemoglobin in the blood...”
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Gilbert's Syndrome

...the condition
“Gilbert's Syndrome, characterized by a chronically elevated serum bilirubin level (1...”
...recommendation TMG (Trimethylglycine)
“Methionine, administered as SAM, resulted in a significant decreases in serum bilirubin in patients with Gilbert's syndrome in a recent clinical study...”
...recommendation Methionine
“Methionine, administered as SAM, resulted in a significant decreases in serum bilirubin in patients with Gilbert's syndrome in a recent clinical study...”
...recommendation Fluoride Reduction/Avoidance
“John Lee, MD, a physician in private practice has stated that elevated bilirubin levels can be reduced in Gilbert's syndrome by avoiding fluoridated water and other sources of fluoride...”

Jaundice

...the condition
“...(from the French word jaune, meaning yellow) is an abnormal condition in which the body fluids and tissues, particularly the skin and eyes, take on a yellowish color as a result of an excess of bilirubin...”
...related topic
“Yellow discoloration of the skin, whites of the eyes and excreta as a result of an excess of the pigment bilirubin in the bloodstream...”
...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
“Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and eyes that occurs when the diseased liver does not process enough bilirubin...”

Liver Function Test Requirement

...the condition
“...The most commonly performed blood tests include ... Serum Bilirubin Test...”

Need For Routine Preventative Health Measures

...the condition
“...Important preventable risk factors can be identified through monitoring various blood components such as albumin, alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin/total, blood urea nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus, cholesterol, coronary risk factor, creatinine, GGT/LDH, globulin and glucose...”

Ulcerative Colitis

...the condition
“...Laboratory findings ... Increased alkaline phosphatase, SGOT (AST) and bilirubin due to associated liver disease...”

Urinalysis

...as a treatment
“...Changes which occur with time after collection include: 1) decreased clarity due to crystallization of solutes, 2) rising pH, 3) loss of ketone bodies, 4) loss of bilirubin, 5) dissolution of cells and casts, and 6) overgrowth of contaminating microorganisms...”

Vitamin E Requirement

...the condition
“...Signs and symptoms include dry skin, easy bruising, decreased clotting time, eczema, elevated indirect bilirubin, psoriasis, elevated heavy metals, PMS, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, beta thalassemia, cataracts, fibrocystic disease, benign prostatic hypertrophy, poor wound healing, hot flashes,...”
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