Gilbert’s disease is a harmless, common syndrome which affects up to one in ten people in the UK. The condition leads to the build-up of bilirubin, a yellow pigment which occurs naturally in the blood, and this can lead to occasional episodes of jaundice, which can be accompanied by tummy pain, fatigue, IBS and brain fog. Around one in three people with Gilbert’s disease don’t have any symptoms, and so the condition is most often identified during tests for another condition. Whilst Gilbert’s disease itself is harmless, jaundice can sometimes indicate a more serious problem with the liver.
Gilbert’s disease is a genetic condition where the liver struggles to remove bilirubin from blood. At the end of a red blood cell’s life cycle, haemoglobin is broken down into bilirubin, which is converted into a water-soluble substance by the liver and secreted from the body. Those suffering from the symptom may experience yellow skin and eyes. Triggers for jaundice can include stress, fasting, dehydration or lack of sleep. The syndrome can be diagnosed with a blood test and liver function test, and whilst no treatment is needed, those diagnosed may be at risk of developing jaundice and other side-effects from certain medications. Failure to diagnose Gilbert’s disease could lead to onsets of jaundice caused by lifestyle factors or medication. Avoiding triggers such as stress and dehydration can help to control symptoms.
Are you suffering from Gilbert’s disease?
If you are suffering from Gilbert’s disease and your GP has failed to make a correct diagnosis, you could be eligible to claim compensation. Although there is no treatment for the condition, taking certain types of medication could produce unpleasant side-effects, which could have been avoided had you received a correct diagnosis. Finding out you have Gilbert’s disease also gives you the opportunity to avoid triggers such as stress and lack of sleep, to prevent jaundice and other symptoms occurring.
Claiming compensation for clinical negligence
If your doctor has failed to make a diagnosis, this could be classed as medical negligence. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today and we will be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. We’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so no matter how you have been affected, we can help. If you have needed time off work to cover from an attack of jaundice or have been left unwell without a diagnosis, contact our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500.