• What is bilirubin?

    August 21, 2012
    What is bilirubin?

    Many bilirubin can be known by blood tests. More precisely, this word can be known, but what is bilirubin, what role does it play in our organism? Let's try to figure it out.

    Bilirubin: definition

    Let's start the definition of what bilirubin is, with the translation of this word. It came from the Latin language and includes two parts: bilis - translated as bile and ruber, which means red.

    So, bilirubin is one of the bile pigments, this substance that occurs in the body during the breakdown of hemoglobin in red blood cells. This process occurs in the liver, macrophages of the spleen and bone marrow.

    A certain amount of bilirubin can also be found in the blood plasma of humans and animals. In a healthy person, the concentration of this substance is 3.4 - 22.2 μmol / l.

    Bilirubin concentration can be increased in the presence of some health problems. For example, blockage of the bile ducts or liver disease (eg, hepatitis) can lead to an increase in the concentration of bilirubin in the blood, and then in the urine.This causes so-called jaundice (yellow eyeballs, skin) and darkening of the color of urine.

    If your analysis showed an increased concentration of bilirubin, be sure to go through the treatment prescribed by the doctor, and also read ours.

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