Bilirubin Indirect or Conjugated Bilirubin test shows the amount of Bilirubin present in your blood. It is helpful in finding causes of certain liver diseases or anaemia.
What is Bilirubin Indirect?
Bilirubin Indirect measures the amount of bilirubin in your blood.
Bilirubin is the substance made when haemoglobin is broken. Haemoglobin is a protein contained in the red blood cells. Measuring the amount of bilirubin is a method to check the functioning your liver.
Bilirubin Indirect is done when the results of total bilirubin are abnormal.
Why is Bilirubin Indirect suggested?
Bilirubin Indirect is usually suggested when:
- Result of Bilirubin Direct is more than 0.3 mg/dL.
- Result of Total Bilirubin is more than 7.9 mg/dL.
How is Bilirubin Indirect performed?
The test of Bilirubin Indirect is performed in the following manner:
- An injection will be inserted in the vein of your arm.
- A small amount of blood will be collected in a tube.
After the test of Bilirubin Indirect, the samples are sent to lab for analysis.
What are the parameters measured in Bilirubin Indirect?
A Bilirubin Indirect suggests 1.3 mg/dL and 1.9 mg/dL as normal in some people.
Preparation before performing Bilirubin Indirect
Before going in for Bilirubin Indirect test, you may be required to:
- Starve for a few hours, if the doctor asks you to.
- Inform the doctor about your current medications.
Post-care after Bilirubin Indirect
In case of swelling or pain due to the injection of the Bilirubin test, you can:
- Use ice to reduce swelling.
- Take some painkillers in order to get rid of excess pain or swell.
Sample types in Bilirubin Indirect
Bilirubin Indirect involves the following:
Side effects/risks of Bilirubin Indirect
Some of the risks related to the injection include:
- Pain or sting while insertion.
- Swelling, bruising or bleeding of the injected area.