Jaundice in Adults (cont.)

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What is the prognosis of jaundice in adults?

The prognosis for individuals with jaundice depends on the underlying cause of illness. There are certain conditions that carry an excellent prognosis with individuals making a full recovery. However, more serious causes of jaundice can sometimes be fatal despite medical or surgical intervention. The development and severity of complications will also determine an individual's prognosis, as will a patient's underlying health and comorbidities (presence of other diseases). Therefore, a case-by-case assessment by your health care professional is necessary in order to determine a more accurate prognosis.


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/6/2014

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