What is Gilbert's Syndrome?
Bilirubin is a substance that is found naturally in the blood and is a by-product of old red blood cells breaking down. Gilbert's syndrome is when abnormal levels of bilirubin build up in the blood.
What are the symptoms of Gilbert's syndrome?
Those with Gilbert's syndrome often report a yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes. This can be accompanied with:
- Abdominal pain
- No energy
- Irritable bowel syndrome
However around of third of people with Gilbert's syndrome show no symptoms.
How is Gilbert's syndrome diagnosed?
Diagnosing Gilbert's syndrome can be done through a blood test to measure the levels of bilirubin in your blood. This is often accompanied with a liver function test. If your liver is found to be functioning normally, then you most likely have Gilbert's syndrome.
How is Gilbert's syndrome treated?
Gilbert's syndrome is a lifelong disorder that rarely requires treatment because it doesn't pose a serious health risk. Any jaundice that you may be suffering will often pass. Flare ups of jaundice are often triggered by certain activities such as dehydration and stress, so it is important to avoid these.