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Also known as: Total bilirubin, conjugated or direct bilirubin, unconjugated or indirect bilirubin
Formal name: Bilirubin
Related tests: AST, ALT, ALP, GGT, liver function tests

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To screen for, detect and monitor liver disorders and haemolytic anaemia. To monitor neonatal jaundice and help detect certain rare genetic disorders in sick babies.

When to Get Tested?

If your doctor thinks you have symptoms or signs of liver damage, liver disease, bile duct blockage, haemolytic anaemia or a liver-related metabolic problem. In sick babies with jaundice.

Sample Required?

In adults, a blood sample from a vein in the arm; in newborns, a blood sample from a heel-prick

Test Preparation Needed?

No test preparation is necessary. The blood sample should ideally be protected from bright light before analysis.