Jaundice

Jaundice, the typical yellowish colouring of the skin and the whites of the eye, as well as dark urine can be caused by underlying liver or bile duct problems. That’s why, at The Liver Centre WA, we use our many years of experience as hepatologists and liver specialists to provide a thorough diagnosis, so you can understand the underlying causes of your jaundice. This is an important first step to plan and organise a personalised care and treatment plan with our team of specialist doctors, dietitians and support staff.

Jaundice due to liver dysfunction or failure

Jaundice can be a sign that your liver is not functioning properly. It is caused by a buildup of waste material in the blood (bilirubin). With a healthy liver, the bilirubin is captured and processed by the liver. It is the secreted via the bile duct into the intestine. In case of liver failure, the substance remains in the blood instead of being excreted in the intestine. It is the accumulated in the skin and part of it is excreted in the urine. That is why the skin become yellow, the stool pale and the urine darker. With jaundice, it is essential to thoroughly investigate the status of your liver. Jaundice can be due to acute or chronic liver diseases.

Two common liver diseases generating jaundice are Primary Biliary Cirrhosis and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.

This is why it is essential to consult a hepatologist if you have any concerns about jaundice.

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Blockage on the biliary tract

Jaundice can also be caused when the bile duct is obstructed. The liver excretes the bilirubin via the the bile ducts into the intestine. If the bile duct is obstructed, the bilirubin will regain access to the blood and generate jaundice.
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Biliary tract obstruction can be caused by many different reasons of which some are benign (mainly stones) or to cancers of the bile ducts (cholangiocarcinoma), gallbladder or pancreas.

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Different radiological tests may be necessary to define the issue and decide on the treatment. Our highly qualified surgeons and hepatologists will decide on the most suitable treatment according to the cause of the biliary obstruction.

Your surgeons

Mr Suresh Navadgi & Prof Luc Delrivière

Your liver physicians

Prof Gary Jeffrey & Dr Michael Wallace

Your dietitians

Ms May Kang & Ms Gemma Gilbert


How can jaundice be treated?

What your hepatologist at The Liver Centre WA will do, is organise a range of tests to provide an accurate and in-depth diagnosis. Then, we can advise you and assist you, to manage the underlying cause of liver dysfunction, or treat the biliary obstruction.

As a team of specialist doctors and support staff, it’s our role to give you a full understanding of these symptoms and causes and to propose a personalised care and treatment plan.  You can count on our commitment to the best possible outcomes and to offering you comfort and support before, during and after your treatment.

 

Diet for jaundice patients

Once the jaundice is treated your symptoms should resolve and you should be able to return to a normal diet. However if you are still struggling with weight loss, poor appetite, bloating and poor intake because of an underlying disease, our dietitian may be able to help you make improvements to your diet and help you maintain your weight. The dietitians at The Liver Centre WA work closely together with our specialist doctors, to make sure that your treatment and care plan is integrated and well coordinated to suit your personal needs.

 

Excellence in treatment and care

Why would you choose The Liver Centre WA for your specialist health care and the treatment of jaundice or liver problems? We commit to excellent clinical outcomes. And we also commit to treating every patient, their loved ones and family, with absolute kindness and care.  Part of that role is also to make sure we fully understand your needs as a patient. How do we do this? We focus on trusted and attentive communication, before, during and after your treatment.

If you have any questions, or a concern about jaundice symptoms or any other liver or bile duct condition, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly support team at The Liver Centre WA in Perth.

 

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THE LIVER CENTRE WA
 McCourt St Medical Centre
 Level 1, Suite 10, 2 McCourt Street
 WEST LEEDERVILLE WA 6007
(Perth)

PHONE (08) 6163 2800

FAX (08) 6163 2809

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