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oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The diagnosis of surgical jaundice

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0008-9176

 

Abstract

(1) A simple classification of jaundice is descriptionbed. (2) A meticulous history is essential in every case, as is the physical examination in the diagnosis of surgical jaundice. (3) Laboratory investigations which are of help in the diagnosis of surgical jaundice are discussed, but it is emphasised that interpretation of these tests may be difficult and must only be considered together with the clinical picture and in relation to the duration of the jaundice in the final evaluation of the case. (4) Primary intrahepatic cholestasis, a confusing and difficult condition, is discussed. (5) Where it is impossible to differentiate between ""medical jaundice"" and ""surgical jaundice,"" it is wise not to persist too long with conservative treatment, but to perform a laparotomy to finalise the diagnosis, provided the necessary precautions are observed.

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1958-02-01
2019-08-17

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