Gilbert's Disease Underlying Cause
Bilirubin is one of the by-products that result from the breakdown of hemoglobin, the molecule that carries oxygen inside red blood cells. The liver of a person with Gilbert's disease is unable to process bilirubin normally. The exact cause for Gilbert's disease is unknown. Gilbert's disease is inherited, but symptoms do not occur until young adulthood.
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