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What are other causes of jaundice?

By Anonymous February 1, 2012 - 11:25am
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I have a friend with a 12 yr old daughter. She has symptoms of jaundice in her eyes and mouth. She sleeps hard for 13-14 hours at a time. She is always tired. Her bilirubins are high. She has been tested for many things including mono, and hepititis A, B, and C and Anemia. The thing is all of her organs like her spleen, liver, pancreas and kidneys are working fine, but they can't find the root cause. Can anyone point to anything else?

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It is possible that she may have Gilbert's syndrome.
Gilbert's syndrome is a common, mild liver disorder in which the liver doesn't properly process a substance called bilirubin. Bilirubin is produced by the breakdown of red blood cells.

Symptoms include jaundice, abdominal pain, fatigue and weakness.
Diagnosis is made by the following blood tests: bilirubin test, complete blood test and liver function tests.
Although, it's present from birth, Gilbert's syndrome usually isn't diagnosed until puberty or later, since bilirubin production increases during puberty.


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