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What's That Lab: Bilirubin

Paul Simmons, MD
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It’s time for another installment of our fan-favorite “What’s That Lab?” series! This time, our own Paul Simmons answers a listener question about bilirubin. 

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Stephen P. -

Thanks, Paul! Now I have 13 minute go to source for almost all questions regarding bilirubin. As a long time listener, this is one of the most helpful segments. Keep up the good work. Can you make spep/upep as succinct?

Neda F., MD -

Stephen, your feedback warms our hearts! Thank you! Paul says, "SPEP/UPEP challenge accepted!"

Spencer J. -

This was, simply put, awesome.
I always have trouble remembering which is which when there are two options, so I need to have a reason to hang my hat on (e.g. does a too-large BP cuff tend to give readings too high or too low?) The connection of unconjugated BR being insoluble and requiring an extra step to react and it being thus "indirect" -- that's something that I will remember and never get wrong again :) Or so I hope.

Neda F., MD -

Thanks so much, Spencer! I agree - Paul's explanation will stick in my mind forever, too!

Alison N. -

The washing machine analogy is pure gold. Would love a what's that lab on how to read a urine dipstick!

Neda F., MD -

Thanks so much, Alison! Your topic request has been submitted. :) -- Neda

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