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Jaundice causes

Causes of jaundice; Cholestasis

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Definition

Jaundice is a yellow color in the skin, mucous membranes, or eyes. The yellow color comes from bilirubin, a byproduct of old red blood cells. Jaundice is a sign of other diseases.

This article talks about the possible causes of jaundice in children and adults. Newborn jaundice occurs in very young infants.

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Jaundice is often a sign of a problem with the liver, gallbladder, or pancreas. Jaundice can occur when too much bilirubin builds up in the body. This may happen when:

  • There are too many red blood cells dying or breaking down and going to the liver.
  • The liver is overloaded or damaged.
  • The bilirubin from the liver is not able to properly move into the digestive tract.

Conditions that can cause jaundice include:

Review Date: 8/1/2017
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