Jaundice is usually the first sign, and sometimes the only sign, of liver disease. Jaundice often results from high levels of bilirubin (bile pigment) in the bloodstream, which is then passed through the kidneys. These high levels can cause an obstruction of the bile duct, often due to a tumor or gallstone. Hepatitis can also cause jaundice.
Jaundice symptoms include:
- Yellow discoloring of the skin and whites of the eyes.
- Dark urine.
- Light-colored stool.
- Abdominal pain or swelling.
If you notice any jaundice symptoms, contact your health care provider. In some cases, jaundice can lead to conditions that require a liver transplant. The Digestive Health Program works closely with the UK Liver Transplant Program to offer comprehensive care. The program is nationally recognized by the United Network of Organ Sharing and the University Hospital Consortium for maintaining excellent outcomes. Call 859-257-1000 or toll free 800-333-8874 for an appointment or view a list of our physicians.