Symptoms of Gilbert's syndrome

Mostpeople with Gilbert's syndrome experience occasional and short-lived episodes of jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes) due to the build-up of bilirubin in the blood.

As Gilbert's syndrome usually only causes a slight increase in bilirubin levels, the yellowing ofjaundice is oftenmild. The eyes are usually affected most.

Some people also report other problems during episodes of jaundice, including:

  • abdominal (tummy) pain
  • feeling very tired ( fatigue )
  • loss of appetite
  • feeling sick
  • dizziness
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) a common digestive disorder that causes stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation
  • problems concentrating and thinking clearly (brain fog)
  • a general sense of feeling unwell

However, these problems aren't necessarilythought to be directly related to increased bilirubin levels, and could indicate a condition other than Gilberts syndrome.

Around one in three people with Gilberts syndrome don't experience any symptoms at all. Therefore, you may not realise you have thesyndrome until tests for an unrelated problem are carried out.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018