Jaundice

What is Jaundice?

Jaundice is a well recognised condition characterised by the yellowing of the skin and white regions of the eyes.

What are the causes of Jaundice?

Jaundice can occur due to liver dysfunction, and that is managed by a gastroenterologist.

Surgically relevant causes of jaundice relate to obstruction of the biliary tree., i.e. the ducts that drain the liver.

What are the symptoms of Jaundice?

Jaundice causes yellow discolouration of the skin and eyes. It may be associated with itching, nausea and abdominal pain.

Jaundice associated with fever may indicate cholangitis, which is a more urgent condition.

How is Jaundice treated?

Jaundice related to bile duct obstruction is treated by a combination of ERCP and surgery.

 

 

Related Links

  • Royal Austrailan College of Surgeons
  • IHPBA
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Knox Private Hospital
  • General Surgeons Australia
  • The Valley Private Hospital