Jaundice is a yellow color of the skin, mucus membranes, or eyes. The yellow coloring comes from bilirubin, a byproduct of old red blood cells. Jaundice can be a symptom of other health problems, including:
- Ampullary cancer
- Cholangitis (infection of the bile duct)
- Bile duct cancer
- Biliary stricture (an abnormal narrowing of the bile duct)
- Biliary stones (choledocholithiasis, the presence of a gallstone in the common bile duct)
- Biliary changes after liver transplant (such as bile leaks)
- Pancreatic duct obstructions
In the case obstructive jaundice, the symptoms develop because of a narrowed or blocked bile duct or pancreatic duct, preventing the normal drainage of bile.
Specialists at the Center for Advanced Digestive Care (CADC) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center are experienced in diagnosing and treating the causes of obstructive jaundice. They use a multidisciplinary approach and tailor treatment to the needs of each patient.
Diagnosing the Cause of Jaundice
- Imaging tests such as CT scanning and magnetic resonance imaging
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- Probe-based confocal endomicroscopy
- Narrow band imaging of the bile duct