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Alternative namesConditions associated with jaundice
DefinitionJaundice-associated conditions are diseases or conditions that cause yellow skin ( jaundice ).
Causes, incidence, and risk factorsJaundice is a symptom of liver and gallbladder disorders. The skin and the eyes become yellow due to the accumulation of bilirubin in the skin.
Jaundice-associated conditions include:
Signs and testsPhysical examination will show jaundice. Other signs may also be present, such as liver enlargement ( hepatomegaly ) with some of the disorders.
Tests will vary but will probably include liver function tests to determine how well the liver is working. See the specific disorders.
TreatmentAll jaundice-associated conditions require medical diagnosis and treatment. In some cases, the only treatment needed may be observation, but ALWAYS consult with your health care provider.
Expectations (prognosis)The outcome varies.
ComplicationsComplications vary, but can include liver failure (life-threatening).
Calling your health care providerJAUNDICE IN AN INFANT, CHILD, OR ADULT SHOULD ALWAYS BE MEDICALLY EVALUATED!
PreventionPrevention depends on the disorder which causes the jaundice.
Update Date: 10/9/2003Christian Stone, M. D., Division of Gastroenterology, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT