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Bilirubin (BIL)

Bilirubin is generated during the breakdown of haemoglobin which is mainly released during the degradation of old red blood cells in the reticuloendothelial system. It is then bound to albumin and transported through the blood to the liver.
Pathological processes that increase the concentration of conjugated bilirubin in plasma also lead to elevated levels of bilirubin in urine, such as fibrosis and swelling, or necrosis of liver cells.

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