Last Updated on Sep 03, 2014

Diagnosis and Treatment of Gilbert's Syndrome

Gilbertís syndrome can be diagnosed by a thorough history, physical examination and blood tests. It doesnít does not generally need treatment.

Diagnosis

Gilbertís syndrome can be diagnosed by a thorough history, physical examination and blood tests. Blood tests are confirmatory and are also used to rule out other liver problems.

The standard blood tests prescribed are:

  • Bilirubin test
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Liver function tests

Treatment

Gilbertís syndrome doesnít generally need treatment. Fluctuations of bilirubin levels and occasional jaundice occur. The jaundice usually resolves on its own. Extremely elevated bilirubin levels may occur rarely. Drugs like phenobarbital are used in such circumstances.

References:

  1. Harrisonís Principles of Internal Medicine 18th Edition
  2. The Merck Manual
  3. Cecil Medicine 24th Edition

Comments

flamingo Thursday, January 31, 2013

A very nice article to explain in laymans terms what Gilbert syndrome means. Wish you all could post some downloadable stuff on the same topic.

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