Jaundice and Abnormal Liver Blood

Jaundice occurs when the body’s bilirubin levels are raised and is associated with a yellow discolouration of the skin. The reasons why a patient can become jaundiced are divided into two main areas: those that affect the liver’s drainage system and non- liver related causes. Reasons for jaundice and abnormal liver tests include:

  • Infections
  • Alcohol excess
  • Medications
  • Tomours
  • Gallstones

While jaundice is associated with abnormal liver function tests, it is possible to have abnormal liver function tests without it. These require careful investigation using blood tests and x-ray tests e.g. ultrasound scan.

On rare occasion, a sample of tissue from the liver (biopsy) may be required.

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