Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Study group discussion: White jaundice

Can anyone explain about what is white jaundice?

I think it refers to cholestasis syndrome (obstruction of bile outflow)

Jaundice (Increased conjugated bilirubin)
Acholia (Pale stools, thus "white jaundice")
Choluria (Dark urine)
May have generalized pruritus (Due to cholesterol)

Here's what someone else wrote:

White Jaundice is not a separate disease, it is a very old term for jaundice.

Jaundice is a condition in which bilirubin, which is a yellow coloured pigment, accumulates in the body and causes the skin to turn bright yellow. In severe cases, the skin can appear brown.

To confirm that someone is jaundiced, and not just dark-skinned, the whites of the eyes are examined, yellow colouration here is a clear sign of jaundice, hence the old expression "white jaundice".

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