What Causes Elevated Bilirubin Levels?
Elevated bilirubin levels can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose elevated bilirubin levels, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "elevated bilirubin levels" as a symptom. For example, Gilbert's syndrome.
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high indirect bilirubin level
moderate chocolate craving
severe fatigue after slight exertion
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of elevated bilirubin levels.
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Bilirubin, total. Unit: mg/dL [umol/L]
→ Don't know
→ 0.0 to 1.3 [0-22] (normal)
→ Recently elevated
→ Chronically elevated
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either normal bilirubin or high total bilirubin, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as Gilbert's Syndrome