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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Conjugated Bilirubin

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

High Conjugated Bilirubin [posted 1/14/99]
Question: I would like to know if Gilbert Syndrome has anything to do with a high direct (conjugated) bilirubin result. Everything I read speaks of the unconjugated bilirubin. My results were as follows: 2.0 total, 0.8 direct and my indirect was in range of 1.2. After fasting, my results were total 2.4 direct 0.9 and indirect 1.5. Test done 6 months prior and one year prior showed results of 1.0 and 0.8 for total bilirubin. I have no history of jaundice. I have had breast augmentation surgery, which required 4 operations under sedation.

Answer:Mainly unconjugated, but you will see conjugated rises during colds, infections or stress of any variety. I have this problem so I've done a fair amount of reading on it.

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