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Why Do Gallstones Cause Jaundice
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
Liver Blockage: On occasion, gallstones may exit the gallbladder and get stuck in the tube that connects the liver to the intestinal tract, called the bile duct. Obstruction of the bile duct may impair liver function, leading to jaundice and abnormal elevation of the liver enzymes. Stones in the bile duct can be much more serious than gallbladder stones and should be addressed urgently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gallstones for 40 years. Now just developed itching skin over the body but no jaundice!can one have itching skin without jaundice from gallstones?
Jaundice of: Skin only becomes apparent when your bilirubin level is over 2.5 or so. It is possible you have elevated bilirubin without jaundice that is causing itching. Also, you can get skin itching from a whole lot of reasons, such as allergy, insect bite, medication reaction, or just plain dry skin. It is best to get to a doctor for full evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Duct Blockage: Gallstones can cause pale stools and jaundice when they block ducts leading from the gallbladder and liver to the small intestine. Bile is largely responsible for the brown color of feces. Bile duct obstruction prevents bile from entering the small intestine. When the duct from the liver are blocked, bilirubin can't be secreted so it backs up into the blood stream leading to jaundice. ...Read more
My husband has gallstones and is quite jaundice right now. We are trying to conceive. If we did right now, is that harmful to the fetus?
Probably not.: If your husband's jaundice is truly due to gallstones, it will not be a danger to the fetus. However, if there is a possibility that the jaundice could have other causes, such as viral hepatitis or other infectious causes of liver disease, then there could be some peril. Your husband should have his jaundice evaluated and treated promptly. Good luck. ...Read more
I have all symptoms of gall/b cancer. Jaundice, vometing,full of gallstones. G/stones being removed in 3 weeks.Is there any test to diagnose gall/b Cancer before surgery?
Low probability : you have a very low chance of cancer. The stones explain the symptoms. The symptoms are more of an obstructed biliary tree. Stones have clogged up your bile duct. Was any imaging done? I am presuming you may have had a ultrasound or ct scan. Hopefully they can help you sooner than 3 weeks. The imaging should pick up any mass in the gall bladder. Your risk is low. Best of luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For some times: Raised bilirubin causes jaundice, or yellow pigment on sclera ( eye) both due to obstruction of ducts as in stones or due to liver diseases. After removal obstruction eye remained stained for a while due to tissue stain , by Albumin bound delta bilirubin . Since Albumin has half life of 20 days , so it takes time to clear jaundice completely even though blood levels are normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had upper right abdominal quadrant tenderness on pressure for the past 50 years pale stool sometimes,no jaundice. Cancer or gall stones?Thanks
Unknown: Gallstones can be somewhat hereditary in families, more common in women who have had childbirth, more common in some central and south american native populations, higher after some major surgeries such as gastric bypass or open heart surgery, higher if hepatitis exposure, uncertain relationship to diet & cholesterol levels, etc. ...Read more
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