What is jaundice?

Jaundice is yellow pigmentation of the skin and/or sclera caused by high levels of bilirubin in the blood.
breast milk j. Jaundice occurring in some full-term newborn infants who are breast
fed, resulting from elevated unconjugated bilirubin.
familial nonhemolytic j. Jaundice in the absence of liver damage, biliary obstruction, or hemolysis; the unconjugated bilirubin is elevated; believed to be due to an inborn error of metabolism. Also called Gilbert’s disease.
hemolytic j. Jaundice resulting from excessive breakdown of red blood cells.
hepatocellular j. A form due to disease of the liver cells.
obstructive j. Jaundice caused by obstruction of the bile ducts.
physiologic j. Mild jaundice of the newborn, primarily due to immaturity of the liver;
disappears within one week after birth.

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