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Indirect and direct bilirubin: origins, properties and metabolism

Having knowledge of bilirubin metabolism allows us a better understanding of some reasons for its elevated level. Contrary to popular belief, it is by no means always a sign of liver disease

High bilirubin: is hepatitis always the root cause?

A trigger for high bilirubin level can be located either within the liver or outside. There are medical conditions that make bilirubin "stuck" in certain "bottlenecks". A location of such "bottleneck" may be indicative of a cause of a disease

High indirect bilirubin: causes

Elevated level of only indirect bilirubin means that it is definitely not hepatitis. The most common causes of high indirect bilirubin are Gilberts syndrome and hemolytic anemia

High direct bilirubin: causes

The key factors in high direct bilirubin are inflammatory, toxic, autoimmune diseases of liver and obstruction of extrahepatic bile ducts

Urobilinogen in urine

The appearance of urobilinogen in urine is always the sign of a serious disease which may be liver disease or hemolytic anemia. In some conditions (obstructive jaundice) the absence of urobilinogen may be a symptom as well

Glycemic index and glycemic load

Glycemic index and glycemic load: list of tables

Glycemic index and glycemic load: list of tables