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What are the causes of prolonged jaundice?

Jaundice present tor more than 6 months may be arbitrarily called as prolonged Jaundice'. The common causes are given below.
  • Cholestatic viral hepatitis.
  • Chronic hepatitis.
  • Cirrhosis of liver.
  • Carcinoma of liver (secondary).
  • Thalassaemia.
  • Drug-induced hepatitis (eg. rifampicin. INH. chlorpromazine).
  • Extrahepatic biliary obstruction (eg. stone, stricture, carcinoma of the head of pancreas).
  • Alcoholic hepatitis.
  • Wilson's disease.
  • Other causes like Gilbert's syndrome primary biliary cirrhosis, hereditary spherocytosis, sickle cell anaemia, autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, sclerosing cholangitis etc.