Jan 19, 2002
I understand jaundice is a acute symptom of hepatitis C. Is it always a noticable yellow? Or can it occur in different pigments of yellow, such as a light, pale, dirty yellow film over the eye?
Response from Dr. Rodriguez-Torres
Jaundice is a symptom of any disease of the liver that cause inflamation,hepatic cells damage or death ,and also diseases related to obstruction of the bile flow.It can be seen in acute or viral hepatitis including Hepatitis C.It is more common to have anicteric(no jaundice),acute Hepatitis C.Jaundice can usually be noticed when bilirubin levels in blood are higher than 3mg,and it is noticed early in the eyes scleras,and later in the skin.When levels go very high like in obstructive jaundice the skin can be very dark yellow and even greenish.
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