Gilbert's syndrome (patient information)
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Gilbert's syndrome is a common disorder passed down through families.It affects the way bilirubin is processed by the liver, and causes jaundice.
What are the symptoms of Gilbert's syndrome?
- Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (mild jaundice)
Note: Jaundice typically appears during times of exertion, stress, not eating, and infection.
Who is at the highest risk?
Gilbert's syndrome affects up to 10% of people in some Caucasian populations. The condition is usually noncancerous (benign).
When to seek urgent medical care?
Call your health care provider if you have jaundice or persistent abdominal pain.
An indirect bilirubin blood test shows changes that occur with Gilbert's syndrome.
No treatment is necessary for Gilbert's syndrome.
Where to find medical care for Gilbert's syndrome?
Directions to Hospitals Treating Gilbert's syndrome
What to expect (Outlook/Prognosis)?
Jaundice may come and go throughout your life, especially during illnesses such as colds. However, it usually does not cause health problems.
There are no known complications.
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