Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
In this Article
- What is jaundice?
- What causes jaundice?
- What problems and symptoms does jaundice cause?
- What diseases cause jaundice?
- What about jaundice in pregnancy?
- What is neonatal jaundice (jaundice in newborn infants)?
- How is the cause of jaundice diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for jaundice?
- Can jaundice be prevented?
- What is the prognosis for jaundice?
What is the treatment for jaundice?
With the exception of the treatments for specific causes of jaundice mentioned previously, the treatment of jaundice usually requires a diagnosis of the specific cause of the jaundice, and treatment is directed at the specific cause, for example, removal of a gallstone blocking the bile duct.
Can jaundice be prevented?
Most causes of jaundice are not preventable, though it can be argued that moderate alcohol intake will prevent alcohol-related liver disease, and avoidance of illicit injectable drugs or promiscuous, unprotected sex will prevent viral-related liver disease.
What is the prognosis for jaundice?
The prognosis of jaundice varies dramatically depending on its cause. While neonatal jaundice due to destruction of fetal hemoglobin is benign, the prognosis for jaundice due to metastatic liver cancer is dire.
REFERENCE: MedscapeReference. Conjugated Hyperbilirubinemia.
Previous contributing editor: Dennis Lee, MD.
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