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Overview

A bilirubin direct test calculates the amount of bilirubin in your blood. Serves in finding causes of jaundice, liver disease, or anemia.

What is Bilirubin Direct?

Bilirubin Direct is the pathology of the bilirubin cells.

When the red blood cells break down, they produce an orange-yellow pigment called bilirubin. This is part of bile which breaks down the food you eat. A higher level of bilirubin may prove to be fatal.

Bilirubin Direct is also performed to look for hepatitis, blockages or other liver problems.

Why is Bilirubin Direct suggested?

Bilirubin direct is usually suggested to people with

  • Vomiting or Nausea.
  • Painful or swollen belly.
  • Dark Urine.

How is Bilirubin Direct performed?

The Bilirubin Direct test is performed as follows:

  • Your arm will be injected with a needle.
  • A little amount of blood will be sucked out and collected in a tube.
  • This blood will then be sent to the lab for analysis.

After the Bilirubin Direct test, you can continue performing your daily chores.

What are the parameters measured in Bilirubin Direct?

A Bilirubin Direct suggests 1.3 mg/dL and 1.9 mg/dL as normal in some people.

Preparation before performing Bilirubin Direct

There is no need for any preparation before the Bilirubin Direct test. However, you must inform your doctor about the medicines that you are consuming.

Post-care after Bilirubin Direct

After the sample has been taken for Bilirubin Direct test, you can

  • Take some painkillers to reduce pain in the injected area.
  • Apply ice to reduce the swelling.

Sample types in Bilirubin Direct

Bilirubin Direct involves the following samples:

  • Blood samples

Side effects/risks of Bilirubin Direct

Side effects of the Bilirubin Direct test include

  • A slight sensation of pain or sting when the needle is inserted.
  • Bleeding, bruising, swelling, or infection in the injected area.

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