The skin, whites of the eye and other bodily fluids take on a yellow color.
Causes and Risk Factors
Jaundice can have many causes, from noncancerous (gallstones) to life threatening (pancreatic cancer). Jaundice can occur when a secretion called liver bile fails to reach the duodenum (part of the intestine). This may be caused by a blockage (gallstones), a liver problem, hepatitis (imflamed liver) or cancer in the head of the pancreas (a gland). Jaundice in babies 48 to 72 hours after birth is quite common and benign, lasting only a few days. There is also a rare, chronic type of jaundice caused by an increase in the destruction of red blood cells.