Jaundice in Tulsa, OK
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What is jaundice?
Jaundice is a condition that occurs in the eyes and on the skin, where they turn a shade of yellow. This is due to a high level of bilirubin, a yellow-orange pigment in the body. Jaundice could be caused by a variety of things — hepatitis, gallstones, and tumors. If you notice your skin or the whites of your eyes starting to turn a yellow color, the skilled GI specialists at Adult Gastroenterology Associates can help. For more information, contact your nearest Tulsa, OK location.
What are the symptoms of jaundice?
In some cases, you may not have symptoms of jaundice, and it is often found accidentally. In others, they may have some symptoms. Typically, the severity of the symptoms depends on the underlying cause of jaundice and how quickly (or slowly) the disease developed.
Short-term cases of jaundice are typically caused by an infection. So symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Pain in the abdomen
- Flu-like symptoms
- Yellowing of the skin color
- Dark-colored urine and/or clay-colored stool
If your jaundice is not caused by an infection, it could lead to symptoms like weight loss or itchy skin. In some cases, it can be caused by pancreatic or biliary tract cancer, which often leads to abdominal pain. If you have jaundice as a result of liver disease, you may experience:
- Hepatitis A, B, or C
- Inflammation of the liver
- Pyoderma gangrenosum (skin disease)
- Inflammation of the joints (polyarthralgia)
How is jaundice diagnosed and treated?
At our Tulsa, OK location, we will first begin by diagnosing jaundice by checking for signs of liver disease. These include:
- Bruised skin
- Spider veins
- Palmar erythema (red coloration of the palms and fingertips)
We would also likely perform a urine test and blood test to check bilirubin levels. We may also perform a test to check the size and/or tenderness of your liver or perform a liver biopsy. These tests can help us diagnose jaundice as well as other liver issues.
Jaundice often does not require treatment in adults; however, the causes and complications related to jaundice should be treated. This would include itching and other frustrating symptoms such as:
- Stomach pain
- Gas or upset stomach
Get treatment for jaundice
If you've noticed the whites of your eyes or your skin has started to yellow, or you have other signs and symptoms of jaundice such as constipation, upset stomach, itching, vomiting, and diarrhea, the GI specialists at Adult Gastroenterology Associates are here to help. Our providers can address jaundice as well as other concerns that affect the liver and the adjacent gastrointestinal tract. When you're looking for a GI specialist providing treatment for jaundice in Tulsa, OK that you can trust, reach out to your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates location.
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