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:
  • Hepatitis
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Cirrhosis Of The Liver
  • Liver Congestion
  • Jaundice
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Infectious Mononucleosis
  • Malaria

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:
bitter taste in mouth
high cigarette smoke sensitivity
nails that are mostly white
tetracycline use
recent onset nausea
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
pain between shoulder blades
bulimia
allergy to chemicals
possibly jaundiced skin
major recent weight loss
very recent visit(s) to the tropics
... 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
Gallbladder Disease 95% Confirm
Malaria 21% Unlikely
Pancreatic Cancer 16% Unlikely
Liver Congestion 2% Ruled out
Infectious Mononucleosis 0% Ruled out
Hepatitis 0% Ruled out
Jaundice 0% Ruled out
Cirrhosis Of The Liver 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.

Malaria

Malaria can cause jaundice through the loss of red blood cells.

... and also rule out issues such as:
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