Bilirubin is a breakdown product of haemoglobin. Normally when blood cells become old they are trapped and destroyed by the spleen. When this occurs , the haemoglobin must be broken down in the liver to bilirubin in order to be disposed off. Bilirubin is eventually excreted in the bile and leaves the body in the faeces .
When to get Tested
When there is s/s of jaundice, have anaemia ,have h/o heavy drinking , have cirrhosis.
When there are symptoms like weakness , fatigue , nausea , vomiting , dark urine , light coloured stools , pruritus, diarrhoea