Jaundice in Adults - Complications

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What are the complications of jaundice in adults?

The type of complication and the severity of complications vary with the underlying cause leading to jaundice. Certain individuals will not suffer any long-term after effects and will have a full recovery, while for others the appearance of jaundice will be the first indication of a life-threatening condition. A few of the potential complications include:

  • Electrolyte abnormalities
  • Anemia
  • Bleeding
  • Infection/sepsis
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Cancer
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Hepatic encephalopathy (brain dysfunction)
  • Death
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Comment from: Rahul, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 23

I am 23 years old suffering from jaundice. Bilirubin count is 4.2. I have to take rest and good diet, that's the only way to be normal.

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Comment from: tre17, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 04

I have had jaundice since I was born. I am 24 now, and it is the worst during the winter time with less sunlight. Getting sunlight vitamin D helps liver process the bilirubin, I find it helps a lot! I tan as much as possible in winter. Cranberry juice helps. I am still looking for ways to help, as it still affects me really badly in the winter.

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