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Jaundice

Jaundice is a condition due to an increased amount of bilirubin in the blood. A yellow discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes and the whites of the eyes are the disease condition of Jaundice. It is the sign of an underlying disease process. Bilirubin is a by-product of the daily natural breakdown and destruction of red blood

Jaundice Treatment

cells in the body. Normally, the liver metabolizes and excretes the bilirubin in the form of bile. However, if there is a disruption in this normal metabolism or the production of bilirubin, that may lead to jaundice.


Causes


Pre-hepatic or before bile is made in the liver

Jaundice can caused by rapid increase in the breakdown and destruction of the red blood cells, overwhelming the liver's ability to adequately remove the increased levels of bilirubin from the blood.

An increased breakdown of red blood cells include:

Malaria, sickle cell crisis, spherocytosis, thalassemia, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD), drugs or other toxins, and autoimmune disorders.

Hepatic or the problem arises within the liver

In this case, Jaundice is caused the liver's inability to properly metabolize and excrete bilirubin. The condition may include

Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Drugs or other toxins, Crigler-Najjar syndrome,Cancer, and Gilbert’s Syndrome.

Post-hepatic or after bile has been made in the
liver (Obstructive Jaundice)

Jaundice is caused by conditions which interrupt the normal drainage of conjugated bilirubin in the form of bile from the liver into the intestines..

Causes of obstructive jaundice include, Gallstones in the bile ducts, Cancer, Strictures of the bile ducts, Cholangitis, congenital malformations, Pancreatitis..Pregnancy and newborn jaundice.

Symptoms

Yellow discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes, and the whites of the eyes,

light-colored stools,

dark-colored urine,

itching of the skin

Jaundice symptoms

Treatment


Treatment depends on the cause of the underlying condition leading to jaundice and any potential complications related to it. Once a diagnosis is made, treatment can then be directed to address that particular condition, and it may or may not require hospitalization. For More Info; www.chennaigastroenterology.com


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