What Are The Causes Of Jaundice?


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Jaundice in itself is not a disease but a sign occurring as a result of many other diseases. Jaundice is a condition wherein blood in a patient contains high levels of the chemical bilirubin and this in turn causes yellowish staining of the skin and in the whites of the eyes.

Jaundice is associated with a number of other diseases which can be identified as the cause of jaundice in a person. Neonatal jaundice is very common in newborn babies as a result of high level of red blood cells and inability to process bilirubin as the liver is not yet developed.

Viral Hepatitis is the most common cause of jaundice in adults, the viral infection resulting in inflammation of liver. Gallstones are another common problem in adults and cause jaundice by preventing excretion of bilirubin from the body.

Excessive alcohol use will damage liver cells and cause jaundice. Cancer is another chronic disease that causes jaundice, especially in older people. Taking certain medicines will also result in jaundice.

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