Q. What does continuous high bilirubin level indicate?

Answered by
Dr. Kagathara Happy Kumar Devkaranbhai
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 27, 2016 and last reviewed on: Nov 27, 2019

Hi doctor,

I am suffering from jaundice for the last two months. One month before, my bilirubin level was 1.4. Before 15 days, the level was 1.2 and today 1.8. What is the reason for this change?



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  • I can understand your concern for the continuous high bilirubin level. Before proving you appropriate guidance, I would like to know a few more details.
  • I guess the reports mentioned by you are total bilirubin. What about direct, indirect bilirubin and liver enzymes (SGOT (serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase) and SGPT (serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase) values?
  • Do you have any abdominal pain and loss of appetite? Has USG abdomen done? If so, then please share the report.

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Hi doctor,

I have attached the reports for your reference.



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I read all your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • Your indirect bilirubin and total bilirubin are elevated. This indicates higher production of bilirubin in the liver.
  • Bilirubin is produced from the breakdown of RBCs (red blood cells). Your CBC report (complete blood count) indicates higher value of RBC. Thus, overall turnover of RBC would be high. This might lead to a high breakdown of RBC and ultimately high level of bilirubin.
  • As far as your liver enzymes are normal, liver is functioning normally.
  • You must consult your medical gastroenterologist opinion for this high bilirubin, but I do not think that you require specific treatment for this.

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