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What is the cause of bilirubin being high?

By Anonymous December 5, 2013 - 11:21am
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Hi my name is Chelsea and I've recently had blood tests for my bilirubin. My doctor said it was 2.0 and it rose .1 I haven't had bilirubin problems in the past. I've been regurgitating my food and burping a lot the symptoms went away for a while and now there back and I don't know why. I read that drinking cranberry pomegranate blueberry juices would help detoxify as well as fresh fruits and veggies. Is there any thing else I can do if my symptoms get worse? I will have to see a specialist but I'mtrying to grasp the problem as of right now If you have any advice let me know thank you!

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Hello Anonymous,
I would like to welcome you to the EmpowHER Community and thank you for reaching out to us to help you understand your test results.

Bilirubin is a substance that is found in bile. It is produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells. Normally, bilirubin is removed from the body and excreted in feces. It gives stool its normal brown color.

The normal range can vary from lab to lab. But, if your physician told you that your bilirubin levels are high, we will go with that.

High bilirubin levels can indicate several conditions such as:
1) cholecystitis, which is an infected gallbladder

2) diseases that cause liver damage, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis or mononucleosis

3) diseases that cause blockage of the bile ducts, such as gallstones

4) rapid destruction of red blood cells, as seen with sickle cell disease or following an allergic reaction to a blood transfusion

5) certain medications may increase bilirubin levels. Such medications include many antibiotics, some types of birth control pills, Indocin, Dilantin, Valium and Dalmane.

Anonymous, this is general information that I hope will help you when you see the specialist. What type of physician will you be seeing?


December 5, 2013 - 5:15pm
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