Skip to content
Home / Articles / Bilirubin is yellow in color
The woman is buying vegetables at the market.

Bilirubin is yellow in color

Bilirubin is a breakdown product. High levels of bilirubin can indicate that your liver is not functioning properly.

Brief about bilirubin

  • Bilirubin gives stool and urine their color.
  • Bilirubin is a breakdown product.
  • High levels can indicate that the liver is not functioning properly.

P-Bilirubin

Bilirubin is a breakdown product (waste product) produced when hemoglobin in red blood cells is broken down. A bilirubin blood test is used to check the health of your liver.

High levels of bilirubin can indicate that your liver is not functioning properly. It can also be a sign of hemolytic anemia, which means that the body is destroying red blood cells faster than they are produced. Bilirubin levels may increase in connection with blood transfusion, hepatitis, cirrhosis, metastases, various inflammations, surgical injuries, liver tumors, and cell damage.

Low levels of bilirubin rarely have medical significance.

An out-of-range result does not always mean that you have a medical condition requiring treatment. An elevated value may also be due to the time of day the test is taken (the value can be twice as high in the morning as in the afternoon), medication, certain foods, or strenuous exercise. Your doctor will assess your levels in relation to other test results.

Bilirubin is yellow, which can be seen in the skin and whites of the eyes of people with jaundice who have very high levels of bilirubin in their blood. The yellow color also appears in old bruises that have turned yellow.

When might a bilirubin test be of interest?

To review your liver health, we recommend that bilirubin be supplemented with ASAT, ALAT, GT, and ALP.

Reference values for bilirubin

Women and men 18 years and older: <26 µmol/L

Reference values may vary depending on where the analysis is performed, and which analysis method is used.

GT stands for glutamyltransferase, an enzyme that is primarily found in the cells of the liver.
Information Article

GT is a liver enzyme that describes the health of the liver

GT is one of the standard tests used to assess the health of the liver and bile ducts, especially when there is suspicion of alcohol-related health issues. More GT is produced by liver cells when they are under stress, such as in liver diseases or heavy alcohol consumption.

White blood cells are an important part of the human immune system.
Information Article

Monocytes are white blood cells

White blood cells are an important part of the human immune system. They protect the body from attacks of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Bone marrow produces five different types of white blood cells, one of which is the monocyte.

Comments for this post are closed

Go to cart: kr