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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