Yellow Whites Of The Eyes

What Causes Yellow Eyes?

Yellow eyes can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose yellow eyes, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "yellow eyes" as a symptom.  Here are eight possibilities:
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Malaria
  • Jaundice
  • Liver Congestion
  • Infectious Mononucleosis
  • Cirrhosis Of The Liver
  • Hepatitis
  • Gallbladder Disease

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
bulimia
very recent visit(s) to the tropics
blood transfusions
having a high fever
high sensitivity to bright light
partial aspartame/neotame avoidance
regular nightmares
moderate right lumbar pain
Latin / Hispanic ethnicity
unusual current rash
meals worsen top-right abdomen pain
severe right hypochondriac pain
... and more than 120 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of yellow eyes:
Cause Probability Status
Pancreatic Cancer 91% Confirm
Liver Congestion 27% Unlikely
Cirrhosis Of The Liver 19% Unlikely
Malaria 1% Ruled out
Hepatitis 0% Ruled out
Gallbladder Disease 0% Ruled out
Infectious Mononucleosis 0% Ruled out
Jaundice 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate eye problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do the whites of your eyes have a more yellow (jaundiced) color than in previous weeks or months?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Yes, a little I think
→ Definitely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of jaundiced eyes, slightly jaundiced eyes or jaundiced eyes, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Jaundice

Jaundice also suggests the following possibilities:

Cirrhosis of the Liver

Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and eyes that occurs when the diseased liver does not process enough bilirubin.

... and also rule out issues such as:
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