Jaundice is a yellow color in the skin, mucus membranes, or eyes. The yellow color comes from bilirubin, a byproduct of old red blood cells. Jaundice is a sign of other diseases.
This article discusses the possible causes of jaundice in children and adults. Newborn jaundiceoccurs in very young infants.
Jaundice is often a sign of a problem with the liver, gallbladder, or pancreas. Jaundice can occur when too much bilirubin builds up in the body. This may happen when:
· There are too many red blood cells dying or breaking down and going to the liver.
· The liver is overloaded or damaged.
· The bilirubin from the liver is unable to properly move into the digestive tract.
Conditions that can cause jaundice include:
· Use of certain drugs (such as an overdose of acetaminophen) or exposure to poisons
· Liver damage
· Gallstones or gallbladder disorders
· Blood disorders
· Bile build-up in the gallbladder because of pressure in the belly area during pregnancy (jaundice of pregnancy)
Causes of jaundice