Jaundice

The yellowish discoloration of the skin and the white portion of the eyes due to high levels of bilirubin in the blood is called jaundice. Liver inflammation (hepatitis), pancreatic cancer, liver cirrhosis, and bile duct obstruction are the most common causes of jaundice.

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What should a jaundice patient eat?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from jaundice for the past three months. I am feeling fatigued. I have been drinking about 150 mL whisky every day for the past 9 years. But, I did not drink anything in the last three months. I tested for bilirubin, serum, hemoglobin. My liver shrank in size and th...  Read Full »


Dr. Happykumar Kagathara

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You might be suffering from liver cirrhosis (due to alcoholism) with portal hypertension (enlarged spleen). According to your history, you must be under the category of first stage cirrhosis. The diet includes high protein, low salt and low fat diet. Fluid inta...  Read Full »

How can jaundice be treated in a 4-year-old?

Query: Hello doctor, My 4-year-old daughter, with a weight of 12 kg has had jaundice for the last 10 days. She is on HepaMerz Syrup and Mosegor-V Syrup. What should be done more to cure her?  Read Full »


Dr. Chandra Prakash Tanwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Jaundice in a 4-year-old child is usually viral. My advice would be to feed her every once or twice hourly despite her desire to vomit, as nutrition is the only key to faster recovery. Give her whatever she likes to eat after proper hygienic measures. Contact the hos...  Read Full »

Why does my brother get jaundice every year during summer?

Query: Hello doctor, My brother has jaundice, and it is occurring every year during summer. He feels very low and lazy, and his body becomes yellow. He is experiencing weakness and swelling on face and across his ankle. He also has a fever. We do not know why he gets sick every year. In addition to that, h...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post and the investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that you have posted. He has the following problems: Low platelet count of 40,000. Iron-deficiency anemia. Hepatospleenomegaly. Raised serum bilirubin and mild e...  Read Full »

What are the precautions to be taken for indigestion in a person with a history of jaundice?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from indigestion for the last two days. Also, I had jaundice two years back. So kindly suggest some specific precautions.  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Indigestion is due to elevation in SGPT (serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase) and SGOT (serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase). As you know liver plays an important role in digestion and when there are some problems with the liver, it l...  Read Full »

Other than hepatitis, what can cause increased bilirubin levels?

Query: Hello doctor, I have jaundice. My biliurubin was 7.5 three weeks ago. I went to the doctor for jaundice. Weekly blood tests as of three weeks show bilirubin has been increasing. Hep test shows I do not have hepatitis. Ultrasound says no tumor bile duct coverage or stones. I took a CT scan and the r...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, your US (ultrasound) and CT (computed tomography) scan are normal which is kind of satisfying to me. Of course you suppose to have more blood tests to confirm the origin of this jaundice. Hepatitis, although common, but they are not the only one to cause live...  Read Full »

What is causing the jaundice of the sclera and itchy skin I am experiencing?

Query: Hello doctor, What is causing jaundice of sclera and itching on the skin that started about six weeks ago? My gall bladder has been removed, and the common bile duct is dilated to 8.4 mm. The MRI scan was unremarkable, as well as the ultrasound. I also have hereditary spherocytosis. Currently, I am ...  Read Full »


Dr. J N Naidu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It appears that hereditary spherocytosis is responsible for the problem. It results in an increased breakdown of RBC or red blood cells, which results in hemolytic anemia. Jaundice is due to hereditary spherocytosis, and jaundice is causing itching.  Read Full »

What is the reason behind yellow urine for three months?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from yellowish urine from the last three months. I already got treatment for fatty liver and I personally take Liv-52 for my liver issue, but still, the problem has not gone properly. I have also done USG, total bilirubin, LFT, KFT, etc. There is no issue of jaundice bu...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is mild unconjugated jaundice. The causes are hemolytic anemia, Gilbert syndrome. There is no harm of these disorders, the liver is fine, no need to take any medication. We just need to confirm the diagnosis. For that, we need to do investigations, a little bit cos...  Read Full »

Are elevated bilirubin and blood in urine complications of hereditary spherocytosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have hereditary spherocytosis with snapping scapula and spermatocele. Before few weeks, I took some blood tests. I had elevated levels of bilirubin and low WBC levels. Yesterday, I took a urine sample and found a large amount of blood in my urine. Is this serious? Can I have a blood di...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it is a disorder that may cause an unstable RBC (red blood cells) membrane leading to produce spherical-shaped RBC. After passing through the spleen, it causes hemolysis. The common complications are anemia, jaundice, gall stones, folic acid deficiency, and aplasti...  Read Full »

Which surgery is required for biliary atresia?

Query: Hello doctor,My 4 month old baby has jaundice. The doctor is suggesting surgery. After seeing the report, can you please guide me what is better for us and is surgery the only option?  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your description, the child is having jaundice and as per the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is obstructive jaundice. It could be biliary atresia as per the ultrasound report. Treatment for biliary atresia is only surgery and sur...  Read Full »

My 7-weeks-old baby is suffering from jaundice. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 7 weeks old. He is totally on breastfeed. Yesterday we noticed that his eyes were yellow and we took him to a doctor today. The doctor advised us a bilirubin test. The reports read as bilirubin total 6.8 mg/dL, bilirubin direct 0.9 mg/dL and bilirubin indirect 5.9 mg/dL. Kindly...  Read Full »


Dr. Veerabhadrudu. K

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is one of the common complaints from the parents. Such levels of bilirubin are normal in the initial months of life. There is nothing to worry about it. The sleep pattern that you described is perfectly normal. Usually, babies cry continuously for a while and then go ...  Read Full »

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