FAQs about Gilbertís syndrome

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dr. simi paknikar
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Last Updated on Sep 03, 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who treats Gilbertís syndrome?

Gilbertís syndrome may be an accidental finding, as already described. It may be diagnosed serendipitously when blood tests are performed for some other diseases. A pediatrician/ neonatologist may diagnose Gilbertís syndrome while evaluating neonatal jaundice.

2. What are the risk factors of Gilbertís syndrome?

If both parents carry the abnormal gene, the person is at an increased risk of Gilbertís syndrome.

The following factors may precipitate the signs and symptoms of Gilbertís syndrome:
  • Illnesses like a cold or the flu
  • Fasting
  • Low calorie diet
  • Dehydration
  • Menstruation
  • Stress
  • Exercise

3. Does Gilbertís syndrome cause jaundice in infants?

Infants who carry one copy of the abnormal gene responsible for Gilbertís syndrome (i.e. homozygous) may develop jaundice when breastfed or when other disorders of heme metabolism are co-inherited.

4. Is Gilbertís syndrome preventable?

Gilbertís syndrome is a genetic disorder and hence cannot be prevented. Certain factors are known to precipitate the signs and symptoms of the disease.
  • Illnesses like a cold or the flu
  • Fasting
  • Low calorie diet
  • Dehydration
  • Menstruation
  • Stress
Recommendations:
  • Tell every doctor if you have a diagnosis of Gilbertís syndrome. As previously discussed under the Complications section, metabolism of certain medications are affected in Gilbertís syndrome. Hence, it is important that the treating doctor knows the underlying disease while prescribing medications.
  • A healthy diet: Avoid fasting; do not eat low calorie diet.
  • Manage stresses in life adequately.
  • Do not indulge in strenuous exercises.

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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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