Jaundice is a condition in which the patient’s skin turns a yellowish hue. It is often a sign of an underlying condition. This article is all about jaundice. We’ll discuss the causes and symptoms, as well as options for diagnosing and treating the condition.
What is Jaundice?
Jaundice is a condition that causes yellowing of the skin. It occurs when the liver can’t handle the red blood cells as they break down. Jaundice is common in newborn babies and is typically no cause for concern as it often goes away after a few weeks or months. But jaundice can also occur in adults – or patients or any age, for that matter. When it occurs in older patients, jaundice is typically a sign of an underlying condition, such as:
- Cirrhosis, hepatitis, and other liver diseases
- Blood diseases
- Genetic syndromes
- Bile Duct Blockages
Certain medications may also cause jaundice.
Diagnosing & Treating Jaundice
As with any GI condition, it’s important to narrow down a correct diagnosis before beginning treatment for jaundice. A gastroenterologist can diagnose the condition by way of a physical examination, coupled with imaging tests (x-rays, CT scans, etc.), blood tests, urine tests, and possibly liver biopsies. Once diagnosed, your physician will walk you through your various treatment options.
Gastroenterologist in Chaska, MN
Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has performed more than 40,000 advanced gastrointestinal procedures over the course of his twenty years in practice. With that level of experience, he is one of the most skilled gastroenterologists in the state of Minnesota – and one of the only ones to specialize in liver disease. Contact us today at Bhatti GI Clinics to set up an appointment with our team. Our primary clinics are located in the cities of Chaska and Edina, but we provide GI care to patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.