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LIVER >> Liver Function Tests >> Serum Bilirubin
When bilirubin levels are high, a condition called jaundice occurs, and further testing is needed to determine the cause. Too much bilirubin may mean that too much is being produced (usually due to increased hemolysis) or that the liver is incapable of adequately removing bilirubin in a timely manner due to blockage of bile ducts, liver diseases such as cirrhosis, acute hepatitis, or inherited problems with bilirubin processing.

A bilirubin level may be ordered when a patient:
  • Shows evidence of jaundice
  • Has a history of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Has suspected drug toxicity
  • Has been exposed to hepatitis viruses
Other symptoms that may be present include:
  • Dark, amber-colored urine
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Abdominal pain and/or swelling
  • Fatigue and general malaise that often accompany chronic liver disease

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