Oct 17, 2010
Is gilbert syndrome a form of hepatitis and is it contagious?
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
Gilbert's syndrome is a common (~5% of the population has it) hereditary process that leads to modestly increased levels of bilirubin (a breakdown product of red blood cells) in the blood. It's caused by decreased levels of the enzyme (called glucuronyltransferase) responsible for the metabolism of bilirubin. Generally harmless, Gilbert's syndrome is neither a form of hepatitis nor contagious.
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