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What is Gilberts syndrome

hello, doctor........i just wanna know abt gilbert am having a bilirubin count of 1.4 almost for last 2 years, i checkd with doctors, and they checked all test for checking whether my liver is working properly or not......and it was a positive result for all except this bilirubin, it is always high like 1.2, 1.4, 1.9 a seniour doctor in st.johns bangaalore gastrology deprtmnt told me that not to worry abt any thing, this is only a problem with your system......Right nw wat s the problem is, nw am in dubai....and my medical check up is not over nw, my question is will it be a big issue wen they chek my bilirubin count, last week it was 1.4......pls help me urgently........ pls tell me is thr any ways to get this count to decrease to the normal level........pls send the opinions to my mail as early as is my mail id.......pls pls pls help me urgently........thanks a lot.....
Asked On : Wed, 27 Jan 2010
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Gilbert syndrome is a genetic condition and this autosomal recessive condition is characterized by intermittent jaundice in the absence of hemolysis or underlying liver disease. The hyperbilirubinemia (raised bilirubin levels) is mild and, by definition, less than 6 mg/dL. However, most patients exhibit levels of less than 3 mg/dL; bilirubin levels occasionally may be normal in as many as one third of patients. It is the most common inherited cause of unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia, Gilbert syndrome is a benign condition with no associated morbidity or mortality. Mild jaundice is present intermittently in some individuals, but no other abnormal physical examination findings are evident. The common causes for this syndrome are are dehydration, fasting, Intercurrent illness, such as a viral infection, Menstrual periods, Stress, such as trauma and overexertion. The most important aspect of treatment once the diagnosis is established is reassurance. After diagnosis is made it is educated to the patient about its benign nature. It has an excellent prognosis and is associated with normal life expectancy, which must be made perfectly clear to the patient. Diet is normal. No activity restrictions are necessary.
Answered: Thu, 28 Jan 2010
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