Jaundice - Definition

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Definition


Jaundice refers to the discoloration of the skin or mucus membranes which take on a yellowish tint. It is due to excessive bilirubin in the blood initially, which then is deposited in the tissues. Jaundice is common in infants because of their immature hepatic system and is usually treated with phototherapy: this is called neonatal jaundice. Jaundice in adults may be due to many causes essentially hepatic in origin including hepatitis, cirrhosis, biliary obstruction, or cancer of the liver area. Jaundice disappears once its origin is treated.

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