Bilirubin Blood Test - Normal Range

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What are the causes for no bilirubin showing in a urinalysis?
Normally bilirubin is not found in urine. It does exist in blood.
My most recent blood test (NO fasting before), showed 1.7 mg/dl. I know it's HIGH, but why ?? What can I do to get it to a lower acceptable level ?? Is that a bad thing ?? Thank you Pat Rooney
Hi, Bilirubin is tested when people have jaundice or your Dr. suspect about liver or gallbladder problem. The test requires fasting for 4 hours. Some drugs can make it elevate too. So first of all you discuss with your doctor see any chance the drug you're taking interferes the test. If so, there might be some other tests. Quite a few diseases can lead to higher bilirubin, including hepatitis, Gilbert disease, gallstones, narrowing bile duct, etc.
Bilirubin testing checks for levels of bilirubin in your blood. Bilirubin (bil-ih-ROO-bin) is an orange-yellow substance made during the normal breakdown of red blood cells.

Normal results for a bilirubin test are 1.2 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) of total bilirubin for adults, and usually 1 mg/dL for those under 18. Normal results for direct bilirubin are generally 0.3 mg/dL.

These results may vary slightly from laboratory to laboratory.

Lower than normal bilirubin levels are usually not a concern. Elevated levels may indicate liver damage or disease.