AMIN A. NANJI, M.D.; SUSEELA REDDY, M.D.
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To the editor: Slight elevations in unconjugated serum bilirubin have been reported in a large number of patients and occur in 0. 5% to 7.0% of the population (1). Most patients are unaware of this abnormality until hyperbilirubinemia is detected on incidental laboratory examination(2). Because fasting increases serum bilirubin levels (3), the incidence of this abnormality may be higher after an overnight fast. In a screening study of apparently healthy men (from 35 to 55 years old), we found 21 men with fasting serum bilirubin levels above the upper limit of the normal range (N, 0.4 to 1.0 mg/dL) (range
NANJI AA, REDDY S. Hyperbilirubinemia and High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol. Ann Intern Med. 1982;97:786. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-5-786_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(5):786.
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