Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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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.

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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