Jaundice and Liver Disease
Jaundice is a common medical problem in which the skin eyes and the mucous membranes in the mouth turn yellowish. It is not a disease by itself but the symptom of an underlying medical problem. Jaundice can occur due to diseases of the liver or other systemic diseases viral infections of the liver cause jaundice a majority of cases.
Hepatitis A E and B and Hepatitis C are the commonest viruses causing liver infections hepatitis A and E viruses spread through contaminated food and water, while Hepatitis B and C viruses spread through contact with infected blood or infected body fluids. Alcohol ingestion is another important cause of liver diseases. A block in the bile ducts due to stone or cancer can also cause jaundice. Jaundice can be recognized by the yellowish discoloration of urine or eyes. However these symptoms may not always be apparent it can be diagnosed by blood tests liver disease may also manifest itself with symptoms like loss of appetite malaise and itching.
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