Jaundice in an Older Child
Jaundice is an important sign of acute and chronic liver diseases in older children and adolescents. The differential diagnosis is extensive and differs from neonatal liver disease. Jaundice may be a late feature in chronic liver disease while acute onset jaundice may be a sign of severe liver disease or acute liver failure. Prompt diagnosis and evaluation of liver synthetic function is essential in making the diagnosis (Box 6.1).
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