What causes jaundice in hemolytic anemia?

Updated: May 27, 2021
  • Author: Srikanth Nagalla, MD, MS, FACP; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Jaundice may occur because of a modest increase in indirect bilirubin in hemolysis. The rise is not specific for hemolytic disorders and may occur in liver disease and biliary obstruction. Bilirubin levels are rarely greater than 3 mg/dL in hemolysis, unless complicated by hepatic disease or cholelithiasis.


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