Bilirubin, Direct

What is the direct bilirubin test?

Bilirubin is a substance which is produced in your body on the breakage of old red blood cells. This substance is also present in the bile which is made up by the liver in order to digest the food.  The standard amount of biliburin production for a healthy adult is 250 m to 350 mg every day.

Bilirubin passes from the liver to the small intestine and a very small quantity of it goes to the kidney and come out through urine. Biliburin gives the different yellow colour to the urine.  

Another name of the test: Conjugated bilirubin

The Motive of bilirubin test:

This test is done to measure the quantity of bilirubin in the blood. It helps in identifying the reasons being the negative health conditions like liver disease, jaundice and other problems.

What do bilirubin test results mean?

The liver takes bilirubin from the blood and brings changes in its chemical to in order to pass it through excretion as bile.

In case, the bilirubin level in the blood is higher, then it means that your red blood cells are breaking on an abnormal rate. It also indicates that liver is not separating the waste from your body properly and not clearing the bilirubin from your blood.

Symptoms which indicates for bilirubin test:

  • Jaundice symptoms
  • Low blood cells
  • Reaction from any drug
  • Cirrhosis
  • Affected with hepatitis virus
  • Dark urine
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Clay-coloured stool

The Procedure of test:

The blood test service provider takes the blood sample by inserting a needle into the vein on your arm. The syringe draws blood from your vein and then the blood goes into a tube. After that, the blood goes for testing or analysis.

Additional information:

You should tell your doctor before the test about the food you have taken and the medicines too. It is because some medicines may bring changes in the results of the test. If you inform the doctor prior to the test, then the results can be clearer.