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A 51-year-old male asked:

I had an obstructive jaundice caused by a gallstone that was stuck in the common bile duct. so after 25 days the doctor removed the stone using ercp. bile flow is fully restored but will the jaundice cause any serious permanent damage to the liver?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Jaundice is just the visible effect of an abundance of that material in the tissues. It should gradually clear over time with no long term effect on the liver or other tissues where it stored transiently.
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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/liver-and-gallbladder-disorders/manifestations-of-liver-disease/jaundice-in-adults There are a number of factors. What was the peak bilirubin and for how long at that level? . Were any medication used to lower bilirubin? Unlikely that there would be serious permanent damage though chronic jaundice is considered more than 20 days . F/u/ w/ GI
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