The lab analyst measures the amount of direct bilirubin in a patient’s blood. Bilirubin is the yellow color pigment found in the bile, a fluid made by the liver. Direct bilirubin is a water soluble form of bilirubin, or one which can dissolve in water. Production of direct bilirubin is a final step in a complex sequence of actions that occurs as the body rids itself of the waste product of the old red blood cells.
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