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Jaundice is known to develop when the skin, white of the eyes and mucous membranes display yellow discolourations. Excessive secretion of bilirubin, (a yellow-orange coloured pigment) leads to this colour. The severity of the disease depends on the causes.


If jaundice is due to infection then patient experiences fevers, chills, abdominal pain, and changes in skin colour. If the jaundice is not due to infection, then symptoms of weight loss and skin itchiness could be experienced and symptoms of jaundice caused by biliary tract cancers and pancreatic cancers are usually abdominal pain. Jaundice due to liver disease can cause chronic hepatitis, inflammation of the joints and pyoderma gangrenosum.


Jaundice is caused in three phases:

Before bilirubin production: due to reabsorption of large blood clots or haematomas and haemolytic anaemias or blood cells removed from the blood stream During bilirubin production: hepatitis A, B and C, infectious mononucleosis, alcohol and steroids After the production of bilirubin: gall bladder stones, inflammation of the gall bladder and pancreatitis

Treatment by Dr. Patta Radhakrishna

Dr. Patta Radhakrishna is a renowned gastro surgeon with extensive skill and experience in the treatments of jaundice. He diagnoses jaundice with liver function tests, CBC, electrolyte panels and lipase levels. He also checks exposure to hepatitis and orders a urinalysis. Imaging studies could include ultrasound, CT scan, MRI and HIDA scan. Some invasive testing methodologies would be endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and a liver biopsy.

Most treatment modalities for jaundice depend on the underlying cause for the disease and the diagnosis established. Patients with cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis and acute pancreatitis, due to alcohol abuse, may be recommended to stop alcohol consumption. Infectious jaundice is treated with antibiotics and blood transfusion prescribed for individuals with anaemia as a result of bleeding. Gall stones and liver failure may require surgery.

Dr. Patta Radhakrishna is one of the leading surgeons of India who has set high standards in the field gastro surgery and its associated treatments. For a consultation and treatment of jaundice call Dr. Patta today.


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