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What causes yellow eye color or jaundice in sickle cell patients?

What causes yellow eye color or jaundice in sickle cell patients?

Excess bilirubin: Higher amount of bilirubin produced over a level of normal excretion in sickle cell patients result in staining of sclera in eye and skin. ...Read more

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Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


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Sickle cell anemia? I am anemic duno the type. I see jaundice sometms. Not in eye. Meditrainian backr. Priods of stress and hypractvty. Ill + s/s thks

Sickle cell anemia? I am anemic duno the type. I see jaundice sometms. Not in eye. Meditrainian backr. Priods of stress and hypractvty. Ill + s/s thks

Anemia: Sickle cell is exclusively in blacks and if severe would have manifested from early childhood. A simple hemoglobin electrophoresis should tell you if you have any genetic defect. Otherwise, there are other types of anemia that are way more common - iron deficiency, hemorrhagic, aplastic, b12/folic acid deficiency, anemia of chronic disease etc. ...Read more

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My cousin has sickle cell and here eyes are yellow for that reason. Is that correct?

My cousin has sickle cell and here eyes are yellow for that reason. Is that correct?

Yes: Sickle cell is caused by a change in the hemoglobin that causes it to break down. The hemoglobin is metabolized into a yellow pigment known as bilirubin. If his skin was white it would also color the skin and we would call that jaundice. ...Read more

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HI I have sickle cell diseases, and had my gallbladder removed 2 years ago. I've been suffering from constant yellow eyes for more than 8 years. 22 y?

HI I have sickle cell diseases, and had my gallbladder removed 2 years ago. I've been suffering from constant yellow eyes for more than 8 years. 22 y?

See hematologist.: Sickle cell disease is a lifelong illness. There are many reasons why your eyes remain yellow--some specifically related to your sickle cell. However, there are other non-hematological reasons that could trigger this which are worth considering. The best resource is to schedule an appointment with your hematologist to check this out. Do not ignore this any longer. ...Read more

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If itching was caused by jaundice. Would my skin or eyes be visibly yellow?

If itching was caused by jaundice. Would my skin or eyes be visibly yellow?

Obstructive jaundice: Itching happens in the obstructive jaundice. The other type called hemolytic jaundice, happening from excess breakdown of red blood cells don't cause itching. When the level of bilirubin exceeds 2-3 mg, you can start seeing the jaundice. The jaundice you see in the sclera is not related to itching, but on how much bilirubin- the jaundice pigment is in the blood. ...Read more

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Does doxycycline cause jaundice? I don't take it now but my eyes are a bit yellow with indirect billirubin a bit elevated should I avoid this

Does doxycycline cause jaundice? I don't take it now but my eyes are a bit yellow with indirect billirubin a bit elevated should I avoid this

Yes avoid it: Doxycycline and other tetracycline type antibiotics can cause jaundice and elevated bilirubin and liver enzymes. Check with your doctor to make sure the jaundice resolves and that there is no other cause. If you have had this reaction to doxycycline then it would be good to avoid all tetracycline type drugs in the future. ...Read more

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My mom had severe COPD. Noticed the whites of her eyes are yellow (no other signs of jaundice). Possible cause due to COPD? Action recommended?

My mom had severe COPD. Noticed the whites of her eyes are yellow (no other signs of jaundice). Possible cause due to COPD? Action recommended?

Not good: Be sure!
Jaundice is a bad sign of obstruction or disease of liver, bile ducts, pancreas.
Severe COPD can give right heart failure and back pressure on liver veins and congestion. ...Read more

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What causes yellowing of eyes that is not jaundice or pinguecula?

What causes yellowing of eyes that is not jaundice or pinguecula?

A few suggestions: Those would be two major causes but if there is a resolving hemorrhage, then sometimes the blood can go from red to yellow before disappearing. Alternatively, people with light freckles or normal pigmentation (from having dark skin) can have a yellowish looking eye, as well. ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged liver in a sickle cell anemia patients?

What causes an enlarged liver in a sickle cell anemia patients?

The bad cells: In simplest terms, the sickle ("bad") cells need to be removed because they get "trapped" in the liver where they are disposed of. These cells don't live as long as normal red blood cells, so the liver is working over time. ...Read more

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Does having yellow eyes or skin mean you have jaundice?

Most likely: These findings require medical evaluation, though other things can cause it need to rule out jaundice with some simple blood tests. ...Read more

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Can there be a reason besides jaundice for yellow eyes?

Can there be a reason besides jaundice for yellow eyes?

Yes: The yellow color that is on the sclera (white part) near the iris (colored part) is a normal aging growth called a pinguecula. ...Read more

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The tips of my fingernails are yellow is this a fungal infection or jaundice? The whites of my eyes are normal so I don't know?

The tips of my fingernails are yellow is this a fungal infection or jaundice? The whites of my eyes are normal so I don't know?

Yellow nails: The tips of the nails can discolor as they get older simply as a matter of aging, jaundice has to do with your skin, which are active and living, dividing cells. The ends of the nails are no longer live cells, where you skin, for the most part is still alive and dividing cells... ...Read more

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

A group of disorders that cause red blood cells to become ...Read more