world worst Diseases
Home About us Contact us Health Care News Sleep Disorders

  • Health_care
  • Signs and Symtoms
  • Eye Care
  • Swine_flu
  • Brain_Tumor
Alcohol Alert

Combination with alcohol and medicines can be harmful. Alcohol, like some medicine, will make you to sleepy, dozy, or faint.
Pregnancy Tips

Foods to Avoid for the duration of Pregnancy and Pregnanacy Calculator

Welcome to

Home symptoms & signs in body region Jaundice


Alternative Name   Yellow skin and eyes; Skin - yellow; Icterus; Eyes - yellow; Jaundice


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


If you've ever had a bruise, you may have noticed that the skin went through a series of color changes as it healed. When you saw yellow in the bruise, you were seeing bilirubin.

Normally, about 1% of our red blood cells retire every day, to be replaced by fresh red blood cells. The old ones are processed in the liver and disposed of. Much of the resulting bilirubin leaves the body in the stool.

If there are too many red blood cells retiring for the liver to handle, yellow pigment builds up in the body. When there is enough to be visible, jaundice results.

Jaundice can be caused by too many red blood cells retiring, by the liver being overloaded or damaged, or by the inability to move processed bilirubin from the liver through the biliary tract to the gut.

Physiologic jaundice is the name for normal jaundice commonly seen in healthy babies.


Causes in children include:

  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Biliary atresia
  • Breastfeeding jaundice
  • Breast milk jaundice
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Malaria
  • Newborn jaundice (physiologic jaundice)
  • Viral hepatitis (hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis D, and hepatitis E)

Causes in adults include:

  • Alcoholic liver disease (alcoholic cirrhosis)
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Biliary stricture
  • Cancer of the pancreas
  • Chronic active hepatitis
  • Drug-induced cholestasis
  • Drug-induced hepatitis
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Malaria
Health Care Medicine
Dentistry Symptoms & Signs
Health_living List_of+_disease
Brain Tumor Eye Care
Child care Tips Cancer
Leading causes of death
Related News
Nobel Prize Winner In Medical
Mario Renato Capecchi is an Italian-born American molecular geneticist....
World Best Medical Hospital
Singapore has also established itself as Asia’s leading medical hub and one of the top medical........
Living celebrity Using Drug
Drew Barrymore began drinking and smoking cigarette by the age of 9..........