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A bilirubin test measures the amount of bilirubin in your blood. Bilirubin is a substance produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells. When bilirubin levels are high, the skin and whites of the eyes may look yellow (jaundice). This may be caused by liver disease.
This test looks at how well your liver is working. It watches for signs of liver disease, such as hepatitis, or the effects of medicines that can harm the liver. It also can see if something is blocking the bile ducts. It can help with decisions about whether newborns with jaundice need treatment.
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
The test will take a few minutes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: September 8, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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