Why get tested?
The Bilirubin test measures the level of bilirubin compound in the blood specimens. It is a common test to check the health of the liver and it diagnoses jaundice in infants and adults.
Bilirubin is a waste product that must not be present in excess in the body. High bilirubin levels could be due to diseases such as liver, hepatitis, bile duct diseases, anemia, and jaundice.
What is being tested?
Bilirubin abbreviation is TBIL, that is, total bilirubin. The total bilirubin test is a significant test for analyzing the function of the liver.
High bilirubin levels may occur in newborns, children, as well as adults. High bilirubin count in a newborn is normal as it is a consequence of the stress of birth.
Bilirubin is a pigment having a yellow color. It is a waste product that forms through the breakdown of the hemoglobin protein present in the old red blood cells (RBCs) and it is present in the stool and blood. The liver has a significant role in the processing and excretion of bilirubin.
Certain prescription medicines may also interfere with the results of the bilirubin test, so you must consult with your healthcare practitioner to avoid taking any medications that may affect the test’s results.
It is required not to drink or eat anything, except for water, for 4 hours before submitting the sample for the bilirubin test.