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Q. I do not have any symptoms of jaundice, but my bilirubin level is abnormal. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Rosita Alizadeh Shalchi
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 11, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

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 of the liver, and the reports were normal. I do not have any symptoms of jaundice like yellowish skin, vomiting, abdominal pain, tiredness, weight loss, etc. Only the blood test shows abnormal level. I consume alcohol once in 2 to 3 weeks.

Dr. Rosita Alizadeh Shalchi

Medical Gastroenterology


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  • 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 not excreted normally. This condition can be exacerbated by tiredness, sleeplessness, and illnesses. It is not considered a disease and does not need any treatment.

Take care.

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Hi doctor,

Thanks for your response. How much alcohol can a person consume for it to have no effect on the liver? What is the recommended level for alcohol intake?

Dr. Rosita Alizadeh Shalchi

Medical Gastroenterology


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You are welcome.

  • You should not consume more than 1 to 2 small drinks each time. The less, the better.

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