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Diseases reference index «Gilbert's disease»

Gilbert's disease is a common disorder passed down through families.It affects the way bilirubin is processed by the liver, and causes jaundice.

Causes

Gilbert's disease affects up to 10% of people in some Caucasian populations. The condition is usually noncancerous (benign).

Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (mild jaundice)

Note: Jaundice typically appears during times of exertion, stress, not eating, and infection.

Exams and Tests

An indirect bilirubin blood test shows changes that occur with Gilbert's disease.

Treatment

No treatment is necessary for Gilbert's disease.

Outlook (Prognosis)

Jaundice may come and go throughout your life, especially during illnesses such as colds. However, it usually does not cause health problems.

Possible Complications

There are no known complications.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if you have jaundice or persistent abdominal pain.

Prevention

There is no proven prevention.

Alternative Names

Icterus intermittens juvenilis; Low-grade chronic hyperbilirubinemia; Familial non-hemolytic-non-obstructive jaundice; Constitutional liver dysfunction; Unconjugated benign bilirubinemia

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