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Yellow eyes
Yellow eyes is a manifestation of jaundice which is caused by excess bilirubin in the blood stream. Bilirubin is a byproduct of red blood cell...

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Definition

Yellow eyes refers to the condition of the whites of the eyes having a yellowish color.

Alternative Names

Scleral jaundice, yellow eyes, yellow sclera.

Synopsis

Yellow eyes is a manifestation of jaundice which is caused by excess bilirubin in the blood stream. Bilirubin is a byproduct of red blood cells, normally broken down in the liver when they become a waste products. Though not dangerous in and of itself, yellow eyes can be a sign of underlying disease.

Associated Diagnoses

  • Hepatitis
  • Jaundice
  • Newborn jaundice
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Biliary obstruction
  • Breast milk jaundice
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Thalessemia
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Yellow fever
  • Liver cancer
  • Biliary atresia

Diagnosis and Treatment

A complete history and physical examination will be necessary and liver function studies will likely be needed. All jaundice associated conditions require medical diagnosis and treatment. The treatment will depend on the underlying condition.

Call your provider if:

Any time yellow eyes are present.

Written by: JC Jones MA, RN
Reviewed by: Paul Auerbach, MD
Written: October 4, 2007
Last Updated: October 31, 2007
Published By: Healthline Networks Inc.
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