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Clinical Laboratory Test:
serum — bilirubin

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Description

Bilirubin is a yellowish pigment found in bile that is produced by the breakdown of red blood cells. It is typically measured in a patient's serum, which is the liquid portion of the blood that is left after the cells have been removed. The most common method for obtaining a serum bilirubin level is through a blood test. A sample of the patient's blood is drawn and sent to a laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will measure the amount of bilirubin present in the sample and report the results back to the doctor. Other methods for obtaining a serum bilirubin level include a urine test or a liver function test.

Synonyms
  • Tbil
  • Tbili
  • total bilirubin
Other Sample Sources for This Test
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Bilirubin
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