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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Yellow Skin (Jaundice)

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced yellow skin (jaundice). This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Acute Hepatitis c

    Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that is carried in human blood. It spreads through contact with infected blood, such as through infected needles, toothbrushes, or razors, through unprotected sex with an infected person, and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    Hepatitis C is a chronic infection and without treatment the effect on life expectancy is difficult to predict.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, muscle aches, fever
    Symptoms that never occur with acute hepatitis c:
    pain in the upper left abdomen, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain in the lower right abdomen, pain around the belly button
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Hepatitis a

    Hepatitis A is inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV) and usually spreads through contact with infected blood. It can also spread through sex with an infected person and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    6 months

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain (stomach ache), headache
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Chronic Gallstones

    Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver.

    Curable with surgical treatment, but not necessary unless symptoms begin

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss, vomiting, pain in the upper right abdomen
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Pancreatic Cancer

    Pancreatic neoplasm affects the pancreas, an organ in the abdomen, and causes symptoms like abdominal pain, back pain, urine changes, fatigue, and weight loss.

    The treatment & prognosis for pancreatic neoplasm vary and are dependent on the disease severity.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Liver Failure

    Acute liver failure occurs when the liver suddenly struggles to function properly or stop working completely.

    Treatment depends on the underlying cause of liver failure.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, pain in the upper right abdomen
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  6. 6.Pain Crisis Caused by Sickle Cell Anemia

    Pain crises are the hallmark of Sickle cell disease and cause excruciating pain. They are caused by a blocked blood vessel. On average, a person with Sickle cell disease will have one serious episode each year.

    For pain crises, the goal of in-hospital pain management is to control the pain within 60 minutes.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    severe abdominal pain, yellow skin (jaundice), pale skin all over, severe pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.G6pd Deficiency

    G6PD deficiency is an inherited condition in which the body doesn't have enough of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) which helps red blood cells function normally.

    Genetic conditions of this kind are currently irreversible. However, symptoms can be effectively managed with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), fatigue, spontaneous back pain, yellow skin (jaundice), dark brown urine
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Liver Cancer

    Liver neoplasm is a disorder of the liver. The liver is essential to metabolic processes and is responsible for filtering and cleaning blood.

    The treatment & prognosis for liver neoplasm vary and are dependent on the disease severity.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia

    Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. In some cases, this can be caused by an attack of the immune system on the body's own red blood cells.

    Chronic, but curable with relapses and remissions

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), fever, racing heart beat, joint pain
    Symptoms that never occur with autoimmune hemolytic anemia:
    painful urination
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Yellow Skin (Jaundice)

  • Q.Have someone press on the upper right corner of your abdomen (see picture). Does this person feel a large lump coming from under your rib cage?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?

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Yellow Skin (Jaundice) Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced yellow skin (jaundice) have also experienced:

    • 7% Fatigue
    • 5% Nausea
    • 4% Yellow - Tinged Whites of the Eyes
  • People who have experienced yellow skin (jaundice) were most often matched with:

    • 33% Acute Hepatitis c
    • 33% Hepatitis a
    • 33% Chronic Gallstones
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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