Hill, Rolla B., Jr. Department of Pathology, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York.
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- Hemolytic jaundice
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- Parenchymal jaundice
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The yellow staining of the skin and mucous membranes associated with the accumulation of bile pigments in the blood plasma. Bile pigments are the normal result of the metabolism of blood pigments, and are normally excreted from the blood into the bile by the liver. An increase in circulating bile pigments can, therefore, come about through increased breakdown of blood (hemolytic jaundice), through lack of patency of the bile ducts (obstructive jaundice), through inability or failure of the liver to clear the plasma (parenchymal jaundice), or through combinations of these. See also: Gallbladder; Liver
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