bilirubin blood test

bilirubin blood test

a blood test performed in cases of jaundice to help determine whether the jaundice is caused by hepatocellular dysfunction (as in hepatitis) or extrahepatic obstruction of the bile ducts (as with gallstones or tumor blocking the bile ducts). Total serum bilirubin is made up of conjugated (direct) and unconjugated (indirect) bilirubin, with varying ratios of each characterizing different diseases.
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BiliChek(TM) has the potential to replace an estimated 20 million annual bilirubin blood tests worldwide.
The company estimates that individual bilirubin blood tests on newborn infants (heelsticks), which are not part of a general panel blood test, total approximately 15,000,000 tests performed annually in the United States, based on data made available by the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, independent market studies commissioned by the company and business proposals from potential marketing partners.
The company believes that published reimbursement amounts by third party insurance carriers for heelstick bilirubin blood tests, not part of a panel test, range between $22-$34 per test in the United States.