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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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I have gastric issues and jaundice frequently. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 52 years old. I had jaundice three years back and six months back with bilirubin 3.6 mg/dL. A month back, I checked, and the blood reports were normal. Now, three days back, I suffered from loose motion for two days. At that time, the blood report showed bilirubin 2.6 mg/dL. I am a...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Well, high bilirubin can be caused by many factors like infections, medicines, inherited diseases, or autoimmune diseases. Now, in your case, if you have not done USG (ultrasonography) abdomen, ALT (alanine aminotransferase), AST (aspartate a...  Read Full »

My 9-day-old baby has high bilirubin levels. Please suggest.

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 »

My newborn has high hemoglobin levels. Please help.

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 »

Please suggest medicine and diet plan for high bilirubin levels.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 34-year-old male. I am suffering from jaundice. Last week my eyes have turned slightly yellowish and after that, I had my blood test and hepatitis test. Tests show positive, bilirubin levels are 10 mg/dl. Can you suggest me medicine and diet plan?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post. You have possibly hepatitis which needs to be checked for the type of hepatitis. So viral serology needs to be done. Regarding diet, you have to take vegetables, fresh fruits, and avoid oily and fatty stuff. Most of the hepatitis is self-rem...  Read Full »

My bilirubin level is not decreasing after jaundice. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 72 years old and he is suffering from jaundice. Initially, he was admitted to hospital five months back due to dengue and his platelet count had dropped down to 15,000. Now, he has recovered from dengue but his bilirubin is not decreasing. While getting discharged from the...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and in your history, you did not mention about alcoholic history of your father. Is he hypertensive? Is he on any drugs? What about hepatitis A, B and E status? What about ultrasound abdomen status an...  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 »

Kindly suggest foods to lower the bilirubin level.

Query: Hi doctor, My total bilirubin is 1.5 mg/dL. What foods and vegetables are taken to lower the bilirubin level? I am taking the Pantop tablet, Mecobalamin 1500 mcg, and Calcium tablets. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to For a few days, fatty foods should be avoided. Strictly avoid junk foods like pizza and burgers. You are advised to take a rest. Taking a light meal with frequent intervals is advisable. I suggest you investigate with a USG (ultrasonogram) abdomen scan, SGPT (alanine am...  Read Full »

My newborn baby was found to have high bilirubin. Kindly advice.

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 »

I have grade one fatty liver. How to improve my health?

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 »

I have abnormal bilirubin levels but no symptoms. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 year old male, and I am a triathlete. Seven years back, I suffered from jaundice. I check my blood bilirubin every six months and liver function test every year. The result showed abnormal bilirubin level; the total bilirubin was 3.5. The LFT was normal. I also got an ultrasound...  Read Full »

Dr. Rosita Alizadeh Shalchi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can imagine that you are concerned about your liver. I understand that you do not have any discomfort and ultrasound is normal. Your test result is compatible with a harmless condition named Gilbert's syndrome. In this syndrome, a pigment named bilirubin is no...  Read Full »

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