Disclaimer -This online consultation is not a substitute to consulting the doctor in the clinic or hospital. Medical advice asked and accepted on the Internet (without physically examining the patient) is at the patient's own risk. Generally it is always advisable to get a physical examination of the patient while seeking medical advice
Gastroenterology Treatments

All the fundamentals of
good health under a roof

Jaundice Treatment

Chennai Gastro Care opens its doors to patients for quality service and treatment. Careful analysis and assessment help in the intervention of the appropriate treatment. Yellow pigmentation of the skin is the characteristic feature of jaundice. Approach us for consultation if you have this visible trait. Our best jaundice specialist in Chennai renders expertise to eliminate the condition of jaundice.

Jaundice Treatment

Jaundice treatment in Chennai accompanied by distinctive care and support is our priority. We ensure all the efforts are result oriented to help the patient feel better in a short span. Immediacy should be the instant response for the treatment.

Jaundice,Also known as icterus or unconjugated hyperbilirubinaemia, jaundice is a yellowish skin discolouration caused due to high bilirubin levels in the blood and extracellular fluids. Jaundice by itself may not be a disease but is indicative of biliary obstruction or leptospirosis. When dead red blood cells break down in the liver, a yellow pigment is formed which is bilirubin. The liver fails to metabolize bilirubin the normal way, which causes a breakdown of old red blood cells giving rise to bilirubin. Subsequently, the bilirubin cannot lead itself to the digestive tract to be released through the stool. At this time, excessive bilirubin enters the liver, and there are too may red blood cells dying all at the same time.


  • Liver infection
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Gallstones
  • Hepatitis
  • Liver parasites
  • Adverse reaction to medication

Signs and Symptoms

The main symptoms of jaundice:

  • Yellow discolouration of the skin
  • Dark-coloured urine
  • The conjunctiva of the eyes is discoloured known as sclera icterus
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Vomiting

There are three categories of jaundice:
Prehepatic: Typically increased haemolysis or the breakdown of the heme pigment is the cause of prehepaticular jaundice.
Hepatocellular: Also known as hepatic jaundice it is caused due to hepatotoxicity, cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis and alcoholic liver disease. The liver loses its ability to metabolize and flush out bilirubin due to cell necrosis.
Posthepatic: This is called obstructive jaundice usually caused when drainage of bile is interrupted due to gallstones, pancreatic cancer and liver flukes.

Physical examination: The patient is examined for:

  • Flu-like symptoms before jaundice indicative of hepatitis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Itchy skin
  • Travel – to a country with widespread malaria and hepatitis A
  • Change of colour in urine
  • Colour change in stool
  • History of alcohol abuse
  • Ingestion of drugs
  • Occupational hazards – exposure to jaundice
  • Swelling of legs
  • Swelling in the liver

Blood tests:

  • Liver function test: This is done to detect hepatitis, cirrhosis and alcoholic liver disease. It measures the levels of enzymes and proteins along with identification for malaria and hepatitis C.

Imaging tests:

  • Ultrasound scan
  • CT or computerized tomography scan
  • MRI or magnetic resonance imaging
  • ERCP or Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography

Liver biopsy:
A fine needle is inserted into the area to extract a sample of the liver cells to be examined under the microscope.

Treatment and Medication
Pharmacological treatment for jaundice may include anticonvulsants such as Phenobarbital, which increases the excretion and conjugation of bilirubin. Lipid-lowering agents such as Fenofibrate lower the levels of serum triglycerides and VLDL levels.

Dr. Deepak offers effective consultations for both symptomatic and asymptomatic jaundice. The course of treatment is well-planned and managed by him and his team of doctors.

Ask doctor