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Looking Over My Blodd Test Results...

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Well got my fax this am. The only test they ran was:

t-Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA < 1

Says 0-3 is "normal".

But I also notice that my "Bilirubin, total" is at the absolute limit of normal , 1.2 mg/dl, what is that?

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I'm not very familiar with the tests, but I know others here are, and you'll surely get some answers on that soon.

However, have you tried a gluten-free diet? That's really the best indicator anyway.

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Gosh Vydorscope! I don't even know what the Bilirubin is. I checked my test results page and my doc didn't order that or the EMA. I'm so mad, now I have to wait to see a new doc the end of Dec. I hope someone can help you. My last doc said even though my tTg shows weak positive 99% to gluten sensitive enteropothy, my test were inconclusive but he's sure I don't have celiac disease so we need to do the biopsy. When I asked what else I can have he had no answer for me. That's why I switched docs again. Good luck and keep up posted when you get your gene test. I may order it if you are happy with the company.

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Pre gluten free, my bilirubin was also slightly high. I had blood work done a few weeks ago at about 6 months gluten-free and my level had returned to normal range. It has to do with the liver--my Dr. was not worried about a slightly high level, but wanted to keep an eye on it. It can cause jaundace and one cause is a blocked bile duct, but my Dr. said that that tends to happen in people with a much higher level. The bilirubin is secreted by the liver and if it can't be cleared out of the blood quickly enough, by the red blood cells, the blood level shows high.

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About 5% of Americans have an harmless elevated Bilirubin level. They are diagnosed with Gilbert's Disease. Recent research has shown an elevated bilirubin level may help prevent a heart attack.

Red blood cells last for about 120 days. The destroyed red blood cell releases bilirubin, a yellowish pigment into the bloodstream. It is then converted by the liver to bile and flushed from the body. High levels of bilirubin can be a sign of liver disease or a certain type of anemia. ( blocked bile duct, low functioning liver)

Most of the above information is from an article for CBS by Gabe Markin M.D. checked 8/8/05

Does anyone have information on an auto-immune liver disease common in Celiacs?

Laura

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About 5% of Americans have an harmless elevated Bilirubin level. They are diagnosed with Gilbert's Disease. Recent research has shown an elevated bilirubin level may help prevent a heart attack.

Red blood cells last for about 120 days. The destroyed red blood cell releases bilirubin, a yellowish pigment into the bloodstream. It is then converted by the liver to bile and flushed from the body. High levels of bilirubin can be a sign of liver disease or a certain type of anemia. ( blocked bile duct, low functioning liver)

Most of the above information is from an article for CBS by Gabe Markin M.D. checked 8/8/05

Does anyone have information on an auto-immune liver disease common in Celiacs?

Laura

Hi Laura, Hopefully someone will post about auto-immune liver disease, all I can tell you is it exists. I lost my twin brother at 15 because of it. Back then the doctor only said his liver had been deteriorating since birth but no other info. He also said that my twins drinking excaberated the damage, he became an alcoholic at first drink at 12. Hopefully someone will post some links with info.

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