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Diarrhoea, on liquid diet. Diagnosed with Gilbert Syndrome. Having weightloss. Suggestions?

my son has had watery diarrhea for almost 4 wks. He can hold liquids down but any food makes him throw up or have diarrhea within ten minutes of eating. His doctor has run multiple test and cant find his problem. He diagnosed him with gilbert syndrome bc his bilirubin was 2.2 but liver was fine. all stool cultures were negative. abdominal sonar showed everything was fine.just worried and dont know what to expect, he has lost 9 lbs since dec.4, he is 16,any suggestions
Asked On : Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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Gastroenterologist 's  Response
Hello, christychambers35,
Your son's problem is not a serious one. It is a genetic disorder
that shows that abnormality in the blood tests with increse in
indirect bilirubin, especially during fasting , stress or infections.
This does not lead to any serious liver damage or death.
Sometimes, tihis may be associated with gallstones. Not very
common. The only way to diagnose this is by a liver biopsy and
some special staining . As I said before , this will not lead to
any severe liver problems. The only reason to know about it,
when the liver tests, bilirubin comes out high on testing.
I would not worry about this. Get a base line sonogram of the
gallbladder. There is no special diet or treatment for this condition.
I wish him well.
By the way, there is no relationship between his diarrhea and vomiting
with Gilbert's. It may have been a viral infection.
Answered: Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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