Urobilinogen (urine)

Urinary urobilinogen is a byproduct of the breakdown of red blood cells, formed in the intestines from bilirubin and then excreted in the urine. Normally present in low concentrations, it can indicate liver function and health. Elevated or decreased levels can suggest various liver or hematologic conditions....

Urobilinogen (urine)

Who would benefit from testing their urinary urobilinogen levels?

Testing for urinary urobilinogen levels is particularly beneficial for individuals showing signs of liver disease, jaundice, or hemolytic disorders. It’s also useful for monitoring the liver function of patients with known liver issues, those who consume excessive alcohol, and those on medication that could potentially harm the liver.

What are symptoms of high urinary urobilinogen levels?

  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting

How do you lower your urinary urobilinogen levels?

Lowering urinary urobilinogen levels typically involves treating the underlying cause. This may include managing liver diseases such as hepatitis, reducing alcohol consumption, and adjusting medications that may impact liver function. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and avoiding harmful substances are key to maintaining liver health. In some cases, specific medical treatments for liver or blood disorders might be necessary.

What factors affect urinary urobilinogen levels?

  • Liver diseases (e.g., hepatitis, cirrhosis)
  • Hemolytic disorders (excessive breakdown of red blood cells)
  • Blockage of bile ducts
  • Certain medications or toxins
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Dehydration or overhydration

Test(s) that measure/test for Urobilinogen (urine)

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