Glossary of terms
Blocked, destroyed, missing
A yellow/green liquid which is excreted from the liver, stored in the gall bladder and passes into the duodenum to help the digestion of food by breaking down fat.
A system of tubes which carries bile from the liver cells, gall bladder and drains into the intestine.
The breakdown product from old red blood cells. The life of a red blood cell is normally 4 months in adults. In babies it is 2-3 weeks.
The first type of bilirubin produced which is changed into conjugated bilirubin in the liver and excreted in the bile.
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Refers to the liver
Abnormally high concentrations of bilirubin in the bloodstream, resulting in jaundice
A condition where the eyes and/or skin become yellow due to an abnormally high level of bilirubin in the blood.
Liver Function Test (LFT)
A blood test which shows how well the liver is working
Page last updated: January 2011