Jaundice: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Jaundice is a term used to describe a yellowish tinge to the skin and the whites of the eye. Body fluids may also be yellow.
The color of the skin and whites of the eyes will vary depending on levels of bilirubin. Bilirubin is a waste material found in the blood. Moderate levels lead to a yellow color, while very high levels will appear brown.
About 60 percent of all infants born in the United States have jaundice. However, jaundice can happen to people of all ages and is normally the result of an underlying condition. Jaundice normally indicates a problem with the liver or bile duct.
Fast facts on jaundice
Jaundice is caused by a buildup of bilirubin, a waste material, in the blood.
An inflamed liver or obstructed bile duct can lead to jaundice, as well as other underlying conditions.
Symptoms include a yellow tinge to the skin and whites of the eyes, dark urine, and itchiness.
Diagnosis of jaundice can involve a range of tests.
Jaundice is treated by managing the underlying cause.