Jaundice is a yellowish discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes, and of the white of the eyes. It is caused by elevated levels of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a brownish-yellow substance that comes from the liver breaking down old red blood cells. If the liver cannot handle the blood cells as they break down, bilirubin builds up in the body and your skin may look yellow.
Many healthy babies have some jaundice during the first week of life. It usually goes away. However, jaundice can happen at any age and may be a sign of an underlying disease. Jaundice can happen for many reasons, such as:
Yellowing skin and eyes are often the main clues used to confirm a jaundice diagnosis. However, Dr. Bhatti may also perform:
Once the underlying disease causing the jaundice is identified, Dr. Bhatti can determine the most appropriate treatment option for you. Call to schedule an appointment today at one of our GI clinics in Chaska and Edina.