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Jaundice-like symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Jaundice-like symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the jaundice symptoms?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What jaundice symptoms do you have?

    Why: e.g. yellowing of skin, yellowing of the sclera of the eyes, pale stool, dark urine.

  3. Is the person with jaundice a newborn baby?

    Why: Jaundice in a newborn is apparent clinically in 50% of term infants and more than 80% of premature infants. It is mostly physiological and benign. However, in a minority of babies it is a sign of serious underlying disease and should not be ignored e.g. blood group incompatibilities, infections, hypothyroidism, red cell membrane disorders, red cell enzyme deficiencies, Crigler-Najjar syndrome.

  4. Have there been any previous episodes of jaundice?
  5. Has there been any contact with people with jaundice?
  6. Has there been a recent snake bite?

    Why: snake venom may cause jaundice.

  7. Past medical history?

    Why: some medical conditions may cause jaundice including haemolytic anemia, gallstones, cancer of the pancreas, cancer of the bile duct, strictures of the bile duct, hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver and congestive cardiac failure; sclerosing cholangitis is a cause of jaundice and may be associated with ulcerative colitis.

  8. Past Surgical history?

    Why: e.g. prosthetic heart valve induced hemolysis may cause jaundice; certain anesthetics such as halothane may cause jaundice.

  9. Medications?

    Why: many medications may cause jaundice including isoniazid, methyldopa, halothane, ketoconazole, niacin, nitrofurantoin, disulfiram, rifampin, testosterone, propylthiouracil, oral contraceptives, mercury.

  10. Dietary history?

    Why: e.g. excessive consumption of carotene due to intemperate eating of carrots, pumpkin, pawpaw or mangoes can cause yellow discoloration of the skin and be confused with jaundice; recent consumption of shellfish may suggest Hepatitis a infection that can cause jaundice; recent consumption of broad beans may indicate favism as a cause of hemolysis and jaundice.

  11. Family history?

    Why: e.g. hemochromatosis, Dubin-Johnson syndrome, Rotor syndrome, thalassemia major, congenital spherocytosis.

  12. Alcohol history?

    Why: may suggest risk of alcoholic hepatitis or cirrhosis which can cause jaundice.

  13. Intravenous drug use?

    Why: increase the risk of hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection that can cause jaundice.

  14. Sexual history?

    Why: to determine risk of hepatitis B infection that can cause jaundice.

  15. Travel history?

    Why: to determine if travel is to areas with an increased risk of Hepatitis A infection, yellow fever, malaria, dengue fever, Ebola virus, Marberg virus.

  16. Occupational history?

    Why: e.g. exposure to hazards or animals (e.g. toxoplasmosis, leptospirosis, Q fever).

  17. Possible poisoning?

    Why: e.g. carbon tetrachloride is a cleaning chemical that causes liver damage if inhaled or swallowed.

  18. Dark urine and pale stools?

    Why: occurs with obstructive or cholestatic type jaundice such as gallstones, cancer of the pancreas, cancer of the bile duct, strictures of the bile duct, some medications, recurrent jaundice of pregnancy.

  19. Abdominal pain?

    Why: In a person with jaundice may suggest common duct stones, sclerosing cholangitis, pancreatic cancer, bile duct cancer, pancreatitis, viral or alcoholic hepatitis.

  20. Itching of the skin?

    Why: suggests cholestatic liver disease such as viral hepatitis, alcoholic hepatitis, recurrent jaundice of pregnancy, primary biliary cirrhosis, common bile duct gallstones, cancer of the bile ducts, cholangitis, pancreatitis, biliary stricture, some medications.

  21. Weight loss?

    Why: may suggest pancreas or bile duct cancer if associated with jaundice.

  22. Fever?

    Why: In a person with jaundice may suggest cholangitis, viral hepatitis, pancreatitis or severe alcoholic hepatitis.

  23. Fever, right upper quadrant pain or tender liver?

    Why: these findings would suggest viral hepatitis, cholecystitis, infectious mononucleosis, leptospirosis, ascending cholangitis, hepatic vein thrombosis and toxic hepatitis.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Jaundice-like symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Jaundice-like symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Jaundice-like symptoms:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Jaundice-like symptoms' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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