If bilirubin levels are high, substances formed when bile is broken down may accumulate, causing itching all over the body. But jaundice itself causes few other symptoms in adults. However, in newborns with jaundice high bilirubin levels (hyperbilirubinemia) can cause a form of brain damage called kernicterus.
A: About half of babies have some jaundice shortly after birth, which is caused by an excess of bilirubin in the blood. Jaundice can cause brain damage when bilirubin levels get too high and the bilirubin enters the baby’s brain tissue.Author: Jesse Reiter.
Jaundice is rare in adults, but you can get it for many reasons. Some of these include: Hepatitis: Most of the time, this infection is caused by a virus. It may be short-lived (acute) or chronic.
Nov 15, 2018 · Jaundice or hyperbilirubinemia in adults is caused by an underlying disease or condition. Some of the symptoms of jaundice include yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin, rectal bleeding, dark urine, nausea, vomiting, weakness, weight loss, headache, and abdominal pain.