Bilirubin in clinical practice: a review

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Johan Fevery, Laboratory of Hepatology, University Hospital Gasthuisberg, B 3000, Leuven, Belgium
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e-mail: Johan.Fevery@med.kuleuven.be

Abstract

Bilirubin is an endogenous compound that can be toxic under certain conditions but, on the other hand, mild unconjugated hyperbilirubinaemia might protect against cardiovascular diseases and tumour development. Serum bilirubin levels are often enhanced under a variety of clinical conditions. These are discussed and the mechanisms are outlined.

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