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Liver Function Test showed a slightly high total Bilirubin.What

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Liver Function Test showed a slightly high total Bilirubin.What does that mean?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 6 years ago.
Hello,

Did you have any other liver function tests that were abnormal?
Did they give you a breakdown of the bilirubin? (direct or indirect?)
Do you have any chronic health problems or take any medications?
How far out of range was the result?


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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
No
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 6 years ago.
If every other test was normal and this test was only slightly out of range, this is likely not worrisome at all.

For some people, the total bilirubin is elevated simply due to exercise or fasting. If you had been fasting for this blood test, that may explain it.
There is also a benign disease called Gilbert's disease, which is an inherited disorder leading to an elevation of unconjugated bilirubin.

Your doctor may want to repeat the test in a few months to see if it is going up but at this point, it is likely not worrisome given the fact that the rest of your tests were normal.

Feel free to ask any follow up questions you may have,

Dr Abby

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