HCA UK's experts can help to diagnose and treat a range of conditions, including jaundice

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Jaundice causes yellowing of your skin and of the whites of your eyes. It occurs as a result of a build-up of a yellow substance called bilirubin in your body, which is a by-product produced during the normal breakdown of old red blood cells.

Need to know

There are many different causes. Some affect the liver tissue, directly like alcoholic liver disease, and some that block the flow of bile from the liver, like cancer of the head of the pancreas.

The most common symptoms of jaundice are:

  • yellow skin
  • yellowed whites of the eyes

In some cases, you may also have itchy skin, darker urine and paler stools.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should urgently arrange to seeyour GP or consultant who can assess your condition as they could be signs that your body isn’t functioning properly.

Your GP or consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and diagnose which type of jaundice you have based on what’s disrupting the normal removal of bilirubin from your body. Tests they recommend may include:

  • a urine test to measure levels of urobilinogen (a substance produced when bacteria inside the digestive system break down bilirubin)
  • a blood test (to test serum bilirubin levels and liver function)
  • an ultrasound, MRI or CT scan to detect abnormalities within the liver
  • biopsy of the liver to assess liver tissue
Treatment options for jaundice depend on the extent of the condition, the underlying cause and your overall health and fitness. These may include medical treatments, stents or surgical operations.

Our Jaundice locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London

The Physicians' Clinic

14 Devonshire Street W1G 7AE London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.