Q. While undergoing a routine blood test, I learned that my bilirubin level was slightly elevated. Upon further investigation, I learned that I may have Gilbert’s syndrome. Can you explain what Gilbert’s syndrome is and do I need treatment for it?
A. Gilbert’s syndrome is a benign condition which consists of a mild elevation in serum bilirubin, with other liver function tests (enzymes) being normal. Gilbert’s is present in three percent to five percent of the general population. The cause of this syndrome is uncertain. It is often found on routine blood profiles. Gilbert’s syndrome does not mean you have any problem with your liver. No treatment or further evaluation of your liver is usually necessary.
L. Frank Chandler, M.D.
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