Causes of Jaundice?


Liver which is an important organ of our body picks and remove bilirubin from the body. Jaundice will occur if there is too much bilirubin in the blood. Obstruction of bile duct results in an excess build up of bilirubin.Hemolytic jaundice is caused by an increased rate of haemolysis.

jaundice causes

Jaundice can be caused by malaria in some tropical countries. There are some genetic diseases which can cause hemolytic jaundice. Jaundice is caused by defects in bilirubin metabolism. The most common causes of obstructive type of jaundice is the presence of gallstones in bile duct and pancreatic cancer. Obstruction in bile may also be due to birth defects and some infections that damage bile duct, physical injury, cancer, infections and drugs. The use of some drugs cause bile in the bile duct to stop flowing.

Other causes of jaundice include:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic pseudocysts
  • Ductal carcinoma
  • Strictures of the common bile duct

Heredity diseases which can cause jaundice include:

  • Gilbert’s syndrome
  • Crigler-Najjar syndrome

Mirizzi’s syndrome is a rare cause of obstructive jaundice. A pale stool is an indication of obstruction in the bile duct. It is due to the fact that normal feces get their color from bile pigments.


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