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Overview Brief

The Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect) determines the levels of bilirubin, the yellow pigment in blood and stool in one’s body.

What is Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect)?

Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect) helps to determine if the body unable to process the pigment due to any obstruction in the cells or inflammation in the liver.

The Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect) includes indirect bilirubin, created from red blood cell breakdown and direct bilirubin, which is when it reaches the liver and goes through chemical change.

The Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect) test can be used to diagnose jaundice.

Why is Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect) suggested?

A Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect) is suggested for the following reasons:

  • To check for liver damage and jaundice.
  • To check if more red blood cells are being destroyed than normal. [1]

How is Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect) performed?

The Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect) is performed as follows:

  • A needle is injected into a vein in one’s arm or hand.
  • The blood is collected in a test-tube.

The blood is then checked for levels of Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect).

What are the parameters measured in Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect)?

Following are the desired results in a Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect) test:

  • Total: 0.3 to 1.9 mg/dL
  • Direct: 0.0 to 0.3 mg/dL [2]

Preparation for Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect)

One may need to fast for several hours before the Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect) test.

Post-care after Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect)

Apart from avoiding heavy arm lifting, one can resume their normal activities after a Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect) test. [3]

Sample types in Bilirubin (Total, Direct, and Indirect)

One’s blood is collected in a Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect) test.

Side effects/risks of Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect)

Following are the risks involved with Bilirubin (Total, Direct and Indirect):

  • Light-headedness
  • Excessive bleeding

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