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What are causes of jaundice in a single eye?

By Anonymous August 2, 2010 - 5:51am
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Patient has no other major signs, no symptoms; has not had trauma tot he affected eye. Possibilities?

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Hi Anonymous

Are you a student? We don't do homework here, and if this is a question from a class it is inappropriate to ask us to research it for you.

Jaundice is a systemic problem, so it is unlikely to have jaundice only in one eye and no where else. Either it isn't jaundice, or it isn't only affecting one eye and nothing else. Old blood resolving after an eye injury could cause a yellowness. Jaundice will show up in blood work as well.


August 2, 2010 - 6:59am
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Anonymous (reply to Cary Cook BSN RN)

Actually it is possible to only have jaundice in one eye only. There have been three cases in England, where there is blood work to confirm that ths diagnosis is jaundice. Many doctors are starting to believe that it could be due to a thinner and/or drier conjunctival membrane in one eye as opposed to other as it is coloring of the conjunctival lining and not the sclera. Making it more difficult to detect a discoloration, as the membrane is to thinned or dry for color to show well.

Also, very rude to assume this was a student trying to complete homework. Aren't nurses supposed to be partial and not make assumptions about people, you know a patient advocate?

November 30, 2010 - 12:43pm
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