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What Is jaundice?

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It’s a disease that turns your skin and the whites of your eyes yellow. Newborn babies often get it. But adults can, too. It happens when there’s too much bilirubin, a yellow-orange substance, in your blood. It’s found in your red blood cells. When those cells die, the liver filters it from the bloodstream. But if something’s wrong and your liver can’t keep up, bilirubin builds up and can cause your skin to look yellow.

From: Jaundice: Why It Happens in Adults WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: “Jaundice in Adults.”

American Liver Foundation: “Alcohol-Related Liver Disease.”

American Cancer Society: “What is Bile Duct Cancer?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Is This Symptom or Side-Effect Unusual?”

American Family Physician: “Jaundice in the Adult Patient.”

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: “Bilirubin.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 04, 2018

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: “Jaundice in Adults.”

American Liver Foundation: “Alcohol-Related Liver Disease.”

American Cancer Society: “What is Bile Duct Cancer?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Is This Symptom or Side-Effect Unusual?”

American Family Physician: “Jaundice in the Adult Patient.”

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: “Bilirubin.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 04, 2018

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