Bilirubin is an excretion product, and levels found in the body reflects the balance between âproduction and excretion. â
The normal range of Total serum bilirubin lies in the range of 5.1â17.0 umol/L OR 0.1-1.2 mg/ Dl.
But in the determination of any liver conditions, just elevated bilirubin levels are not significant.
The first sign of liver disease, that is Jaundice (Yellowish discoloration of the sclera of the eyes) due to accumulation of bilirubin, occurs with bilirubin range of 2-3 mg/dL (34 to 51 Î¼mol/L). Skin discoloration occurs at much higher levels.
Some general some symptoms of liver disease include nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, âindigestion, change in stools, jaundice, itching, etc. âIn severe conditions with greater liver dysfunction abdominal distension, swelling of the legs, âanorexia, lethargy could be evident. â
In case you have the above signs and symptoms, then additional tests including Urinalysis for bilirubinuria, Serum albumin, liver enzymes (ALT, AST, ALP, LDH), as well as a liver ultrasound - will be needed to evaluate the level of liver damage.
In your case, there is very mild elevation, which may due to recovery following hepatitis-A infection as mentioned in your history. But due to the lack of complete information, it would be recommended that you consult your doctor or a hepatologist for proper medical advice regarding further management.
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