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Jaundice and Liver Problems

There are various symptoms associated with liver problems.

Jaundice is usually due to liver disease. This is a yellowish discoloration of the skin, the conjunctival membranes over the sclera (whites of the eyes), and other mucous membranes caused by hyperbilirubinaemia (increased levels of bilirubin in the blood). Sometimes the urine becomes dark in colour. Common causes include acute hepatitis (inflammation of the liver), hepatotoxicity (liver injury) and alcoholic liver disease, whereby cell necrosis reduces the liver's ability to metabolise and excrete bilirubin leading to a build-up in the blood.

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