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Jaundice Check



                  Jaundice, also known as icterus, is a term used to describe a yellowish tinge to the skin and sclerae (the white part of the eye) that is caused by hyper bilirubinemia (an excess of bilirubin in the blood). Body fluids may also be yellow.

           Jaundice can occur in babies, children, and adults. Jaundice is not an illness in itself, but a medical condition in which too much bilirubin -- a compound produced by the breakdown of hemoglobin from red blood cells -- is circulating in the blood. The excess bilirubin causes the skin, eyes, and mucus membranes in the mouth to turn a yellowish color. Because bilirubin is processed by the liver, the symptoms of jaundice may indicate damage to the liver in adults. If the cause is not treated, it can lead to liver failure. 


The tests performed to check Jaundice are:

  • Total bilirubin
  • Direct bilirubin
  • Indirect bilirubin
  • Urine analysis for bile salts and pigments
  • Liver Function Tests
  • Ultrasound – Abdomen