Bilirubin Test

This test measures the level of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow substance that forms in the blood when red blood cells are broken down.




This test measures the level of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow substance that forms in the blood when red blood cells are broken down.



A bilirubin test measures the level of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow substance that forms in the blood when red blood cells are broken down. When a problem with the liver is suspected, this test is usually recommended as part of an evaluation of liver function. The test may also be ordered if there is:

  • Jaundice in a newborn
  • A problem with your liver (such as cirrhosis or hepatitis)
  • A problem with your gallbladder or bile duct (such as gallstones)
  • Certain types of anemia

In an adult, the blood sample is usually taken by placing a needle in a vein in the arm. In a baby or child, the sample may be taken by pricking a finger or earlobe.

  • You may need to fast for several hours before having this test.

This care path's costs do not include the charge to draw blood from a vein (venipuncture). There will only be one charge to draw blood, even if multiple tests are being performed on the samples that are taken.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Bilirubin Test
Laboratory Work
Bilirubin
Gallstones
Gallbladder
Liver Failure
Bili


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