Chimney wrote:Hi Tex,
Yes he had an echo I think in January.
What I’m not sure is why the oncologist didn’t mention the elevated bilirubin when I spoke to him. He only mentioned the mild ascites. I only found out when I got hold of the lab report.
From what I’ve read, if there is elevated bilirubin plus ascites, it should be taken as not trivial...or maybe that assumption is not right.
In this older population-based Rancho Bernardo study cohort, small but incremental increases in bilirubin occurred with increasing age. This association between age and bilirubin was observed in the cross-sectional analyses of the baseline cohort and over time in longitudinal analyses. Moreover, even though the majority of the values are within the normal ranges for bilirubin, higher levels are directly associated with higher all-cause mortality. This relationship was eliminated with adjustment for age, supporting the finding that rising bilirubin is a marker of increasing age.
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