Gilbert Syndrome

What are the Symptoms of Gilbert Syndrome?

Most people don’t have signs or symptoms of Gilbert Syndrome so it can go undiagnosed for many years. There are other factors that may cause the elevation of bilirubin which worsens Gilbert Syndrome such as:

  • Fasting or skipping meals
  • Stress
  • Illness or viral infection
  • Menstruating
  • Dehydration
  • Strenuous exercise

Other than mild, intermittent jaundice which corrects itself, patients may report vague abdominal discomfort and general fatigue for which no cause is found. These episodes resolve spontaneously, and no treatment is required, except supportive care.

American Liver Foundation “Gilbert Syndrome” http://www.liverfoundation.org/abouttheliver/info/gilbertsyndrome/ Retrieved March 30, 2011

eMedicine.com “Gilbert Syndrome”http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/176822-overview Retrieved March 30, 2011

Mayo Clinic “Gilbert’s Syndrome” http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gilberts-syndrome/DS00743 Retrieved March 30, 2011

U.S. National Library of Medicine NIH National Institutes of Health “Gilbert’s Disease” http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000301.htm Retrieved March 30, 2011

Worman, M.D. Howard J. The Liver Disorders and Hepatitis Sourcebook. McGraw-Hill, 2006