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Increased Bilirubin in 17 year old
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Increased Bilirubin in 17 year old

I have a 17 year old son, who is on the smaller size(bone age15).  He was doing supplementation, creatine, protein drinks etc. and intense cardio workouts with trainer 2-3 times a week.  We had an increased in indirect bilirubin on his bloodwork 6 weeks ago.  He ceased all supplements and protein drinks( which he was doing for weight gain).  We retested him 4 weeks later and all other tests on bloodwork are normal except his indirect bilirubin is still 2.4.  He has no jaundice and has no symptoms.  We did a Liver ultrasound that came back normal as well.  Is this something we should be concerned about.  His pediatrician is recommending we go to Childrens Hospital to see a GI specialist.  I've heard that intense exercise can sometimes cause an increase in bilirubin.  WOuld like your input,  Thank you so much
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i think that this probably Gilbert;s disease which is a benign enzyme defect in the liver that affects about 10% of the population.  The bilirubin may also elevate at times of stress or fasting.
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