Nov 15, 2018 · Jaundice or hyperbilirubinemia in adults is caused by an underlying disease or condition. Some of the symptoms of jaundice include yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin, rectal bleeding, dark urine, nausea, vomiting, weakness, weight loss, headache, and abdominal pain.
If jaundice is due to acute viral hepatitis, it may disappear gradually, without treatment, as the condition of the liver improves. However, hepatitis may become chronic, even if the jaundice disappears. Jaundice itself requires no treatment in adults (unlike in newborns—see Jaundice in the Newborn).
Jaundice occurs when there is excessive bilirubin in your system. Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that is formed by broken-down, dead red blood cells in the liver. Normally, the liver gets rid of Author: Kristeen Moore.
Jaundice is a yellowish discoloration of the skin, sclera (whites of the eyes), and mucous membranes by bilirubin. The word “jaundice” is derived from the French word jaune, which means yellow. Bilirubin is a yellow-orange pigment found in bile, a fluid made by the liver. Bilirubin is produced when the liver breaks down old red [ ].