- This is done in the urine.
- Bile salts are detected in the urine to diagnose various conditions of liver diseases (Jaundice).
- To diagnose obstructive jaundice.
- Bile acid is generated from an amino acid, Glycine, and Taurine.
- Definition of bile salts:
- Bile acids conjugated with taurine or glycine in the liver. Sodium or potassium conjugates of these bile acids are called bile salt.
- Primary bile acids are synthesized in the liver.
- Secondary bile acids are produced in the colon by the bacterial action.
- Bile salts are formed when an acid is neutralized by a base.
- Bile salt consists of:
- Sodium glycocholate.
- Sodium taurocholate.
- Potassium and calcium bile salts are also common.
- Bile salts are made in the liver from cholesterol and these help in the fat absorption.They make them more soluble.
- Bile salts appear in the urine when there is an obstruction to the biliary tract and that will leads to increase in the bile acids in the blood.
- Bile salts are positive in urine in other liver diseases.
- Cholestasis, retention of bile and bile salts leads to Itching (Pruritus).
- The level of bile salts correlates with itching.
- This cholestatic itching may be seen in:
- Primary biliary cirrhosis.
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis.
- Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.
- Hereditary cholestatic syndrome.
- Normally bile salts are negative in the urine.
Procedure to detect bile salts in urine
- Bile salts reduce the surface tension of liquids.
- On this principle, HAY’s test is done.
- Sulfur powder is sprinkled over the surface of urine and it sinks if bile salts are present.
- Sulfur will remain on the surface when bile salts are absent.
Positive bile salt test is seen in:
- Obstructive jaundice.
- Liver diseases with the appearance of jaundice.
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