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Stomach bloating, vomiting, abdominal pain. Blood test shows elevated bilirubin levels. Cure?

My daughter has a slight elevations of billirubin and has had bloating , vomiting , dry heaving, has tried to stay away from dairy products - just a continual ache in her abdomen - blood tests turned out ok, except for slight elevation in billirubin - sched. for hytiscan (sp) for gallbladder this week. Ultrasound showed gallbladder possibly folded over? Under stress, excercises (lost 15 lbs. past year) (25 yrs. old - good health otherwise. Uses tanning bed - any correlation?
Asked On : Fri, 21 Dec 2012
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Gastroenterologist 's  Response
Hello, dbundenthal,
Abdominal bloating, vomiting could be suggestive of
gallbladder problems. The fact that your daughter lost
15 lbs. makes me think she might have developed small
gallstones or even cholesterol crystals (Cholesterolosis)
or sand like stones with inflammation. Especially if the
weight loss is rapid, the incidence of gallbladder problem
is more. Folded over gallbladder may mean a contracted
gallbladder from chronic inflammation.
I am glad she is havind the scan which would confirm if
there is cholecystitis. Slight elevation of bilirubin will go
along with this, although we need to know the total
Bilirubin, Direct Bilirubin and Indirect Bilirubin levels.
If gallbadder related, the direct bilirubin fraction will be high.
If the indirect is high that may indicate a different problem
such as hemolysis or destruction of red blood cells from
some other problem.
I don't think tanning bed has anything to do with this.
I wish her well.
Answered: Fri, 21 Dec 2012
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