Icterus: The Major Causes of Jaundice


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You get a bunch of test results back showing bilirubinuria (bilirubin) in a patient of yours that is also icteric. Which of the following is LEAST likely to be the cause?

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1. You get a bunch of test results back showing elevated levels of bilirubin in a patient of yours with chalky stool. Which of the following is MOST likely to be the cause?

2. Which of the following is most closely associated with bilirubin?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Jaundice is frequently associated with alcoholic liver disease but there are several other causes and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of these. Some things you'll be assessed on include types, sources, and causes of hyperbilirubinemia.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Purpose of the gallbladder
  • Conjugation of bilirubin
  • Causes of hyperbilirubinemia

Skills Practiced

This quiz/worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about jaundice
  • Making connections - use understanding of bilirubin metabolism and storage
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast conjugated and unconjugated bilirubin

Additional Learning

To learn more about jaundice, review the accompanying lesson called Icterus: The Major Causes of Jaundice. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define bile and bilirubin
  • Explain the metabolism and storage of bile and bilirubin
  • Explain how stool and urine are affected by bilirubin levels
  • Recognize causes of unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia