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Overview

Bilirubin Total or Total Serum bilirubin is a test done to determine the amount of bilirubin in the blood. Total Bilirubin is the sum of Direct and Indirect Bilirubin tests.

What is Bilirubin Total?

Bilirubin Total is a test used to find out the amount of a yellow-orangish substance in the blood called Bilirubin.

This test is the sum of Direct and Indirect Bilirubin Test. This test is done to find out the causes of liver diseases, jaundice, anemia or hepatitis. A high level of bilirubin may mean liver damage.

The test of Bilirubin Total is the third fold of the bilirubin test.

Why is Bilirubin Total suggested?

Bilirubin Total is suggested to people who have:

  • Count of Bilirubin Direct more than 0.3 mg/dL.
  • Count of Bilirubin Indirect more than 0.2 to 1.2 mg/dL

How is Bilirubin Total performed?

The test of Bilirubin Total is performed as follows:

  • Blood will be drawn from your arms.
  • The blood for the test will be collected in a small tube.

After the Total Bilirubin blood test, the samples are sent to the lab for analysis.

What are the parameters measured in Bilirubin Total?

A Bilirubin Total suggests 0.2 mg/dL to 1.2 mg/dL as normal in people.

Preparation before performing Bilirubin Total

Before going in for the Bilirubin Total test, you would be required to:

  • Fast for some hours.
  • Refrain from consuming certain medicines as told by the doctor.

Post-care after Bilirubin Total

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

  • Take some painkillers to reduce pain in the injected area.
  • Use ice to reduce the swell.

Sample types in Bilirubin Total

Bilirubin Total Involves the following samples:

  • Blood samples

Side effects/risks of Bilirubin Total

There are certain side effects to the injections used in a blood test for Bilirubin Total include:

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

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