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Why does liver disease make you jaundiced?

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Dr. Allen Kamrava
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Bilirubin

The liver is in charge of the body's bilirubin.
As the liver gets sick, the levels of bilirubin rise in the blood to abnormal levels. Bilirubin over a certain level causes jaundice.

In brief: Bilirubin

The liver is in charge of the body's bilirubin.
As the liver gets sick, the levels of bilirubin rise in the blood to abnormal levels. Bilirubin over a certain level causes jaundice.
Dr. Allen Kamrava
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Backup of Toxins

The liver is the bodies main recycling center. Blood brings toxins & metabolic debris to the liver. Liver tissue processes the material and dumps the waste into bile channels which empty into the intestines.
The waste is greenish but turns yellow & brown over time providing color to stool. If the liver is unable to clean the blood, the material backs up & produces the yellow skin color.

In brief: Backup of Toxins

The liver is the bodies main recycling center. Blood brings toxins & metabolic debris to the liver. Liver tissue processes the material and dumps the waste into bile channels which empty into the intestines.
The waste is greenish but turns yellow & brown over time providing color to stool. If the liver is unable to clean the blood, the material backs up & produces the yellow skin color.
Dr. James Ferguson
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