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Bilirubin is a yellow substance present in the blood, and it is formed after the breakdown of red blood cells. After that, it travels to the liver, gallbladder, and digestive tract before excretion. The normal bilirubin ranges from 0.3 to 1.2 mg/dL. It serves as an antioxidant and helps in the excretion of waste products produced from the destruction of abnormal red blood cells.

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Can breastfeeding cause jaundice?

Query: Hi doctor, Our baby is 16 days old and is suffering from jaundice. Both mom and son have same B positive blood group. TSH level is normal and vitamin D oral drop is given. I have attached the bilirubin test report for your reference. Does breastfeeding affect jaundice in any way? Please advise us. T...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the reports that you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). 1. It is day 16 of the baby. Bilirubin levels have increased to 15 and it is mainlyindirect bilirubinemia. 2. Thyroid-stimulating hormone levels are normal, so hypot...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing weakness and tiredness. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I feel weak and tired today after undergoing a blood test, and my vitamin B12 level is 96.4 pg/mL. What should I do? Also I am a vegetarian. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. Let me to download your laboratory report and respond to you afterward. Your laboratory report vitamin B12 is low 96.5, homocysteine is high, folate is normal CBC is normal HbA1c, Thyroid profile test and RFT is n...  Read Full »

Why do I have high serum bilirubin despite ERCP in jaundice?

Query: Hello doctor, Obstructive jaundice has been detected. ERCP was done. Serum bilirubin still very high. MRCP report says everything is alright but neither serum bilirubin nor yellowness has got less.  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns. In obstructive jaundice, there is an accumulation of conjugated bilirubin in the body due to obstruction at different levels in the hepatobiliary system which causes yellowish discolorat...  Read Full »

Will blood dilution help treat high Hb in newborn with jaundice?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 4 days old. He is diagnosed with jaundice. His Jaundice levels were 19.6 and post phototherapy they have come down to 13. The doctor has noticed that the baby has high Hb (22.3). The other vital parameters are like PCV- 63.7, RBC- 6.36, WBC- 11600 per microliter of blood, an...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Radheshyam Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your baby's bilirubin is now in safe range. But as his Hb (hemoglobin) is more this may lead to hemolysis, etc. Dilution of blood means they take out blood and replace with saline. This may lead to dilution. But I think in your case if the baby is active we can wait ...  Read Full »

My bilirubin level fluctuates between 12 mg/dl and 13 mg/dl. Are these readings normal?

Query: Hi doctor, My father suffered from non-alcoholic steatohepatitis with an acute attack of hepatitis E. The bilirubin fluctuates between 12 mg/dl and 13 mg/dl. Are readings normal? Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis) and hepatitis E are both different conditions. Hepatitis E can also cause hepatitis. So, labeling NASH warrants proof. I am not concerned with his bilirubin levels. Let me know the following details: 1. AS...  Read Full »

Kindly comment on my son's bilirubin report.

Query: Hi doctor, I just want you to check the report of my son, who is 3 days old. Kindly check the report and tell me about his health. Is everything fine in the report?  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concerns. I have seen the report that you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). 1. Today is day 4 of your child and bilirubin total is 8.7 mg/dL and indirect bilirubin is 8.2 mg/dl. This is slightly higher in this age and...  Read Full »

Why does my newborn baby have high bilirubin?

Query: Hi doctor, Our newborn baby was found to have serum bilirubin 20 and direct 18 on the 4th day. Kindly suggest appropriate advice. If we are going for photo therapy, then which light is better?  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concerns. 1. Serum bilirubin of 20 is high for the baby. The value of 18 mg/dL should be indirect bilirubin, because indirect bilirubin is increased in most cases. If direct bilirubin is so much, then the treatment is different. 2. If it is in...  Read Full »

What is your suggestion about bilirubin level 15.36 in a 9 days old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, Our baby boy was born 9 days ago. Mom and the infant, both have B plus blood group. His weight at the time of birth was 6.68 lbs. After five days, his bilirubin level was 13.06. Today, the bilirubin level was 15.36. Our doctor advised vitamin D3 oral dose for one year. What is your sug...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concerns. 1. Your child is now 9 days old. Since, both mother and child have same blood group, there are less chances of pathological hyperbilirubinemia. 2. On the 9th day of life, the bilirubin level of 15.36 does not require phototherapy ...  Read Full »

Is my LFT report normal?

Query: Hi doctor,I sometimes get shoulder pain. I consume alcohol once a week. I am attaching my LFT report, please advice. My bilirubin direct is 0.10 mg/dL, bilirubin indirect is 0.5 mg/dL, SGOT is 35 U/L, SGPT is 79 U/L, and ALP is 68 U/L.  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) are normal. Liver functions should be elevated three times the normal to be clinically significant. All your reports are perfectly normal. The liver is normal and the shoulder pain has nothing to do with your g...  Read Full »

How can I recover from grade 1 fatty liver?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33 year old male. Recently, I went for a master checkup. To my horror, I found my liver reports abnormal. I have attached my reports for your reference. The ultrasound of abdomen revealed grade-I fatty changes in liver. Apart from this, my triglycerides levels are also elevated. My...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is good to get routine checkup (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and you got your problem identified earlier. Fatty changes are not good thing. It may lead to cirrhosis. Mild elevation of unconjugated bilirubin suggests syndromes association or h...  Read Full »

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