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  1. Arti says:

    Jaundice due to cirrhosis is a result of long-term liver damage and does not respond well to any type of therapy other than liver transplantation. In newborns, phototherapy (special light therapy), blood exchange transfusion, and/or certain drugs may be used to reduce the bilirubin level. Jaundice caused by an obstruction is often resolved by surgery. Treatment depends on the cause of the jaundice. Crigler-Najjar syndrome may respond to certain enzyme drug therapy or may require a liver transplant. In Gilbert, Rotor, and Dubin-Johnson syndromes, no treatment is usually necessary. The first three are usually mild, chronic conditions that can be aggravated under certain conditions but in general cause no significant health problems. Crigler-Najjar syndrome is the most serious inherited condition listed; this disorder is relatively rare, and a few people with it may die. For example, Gilbert syndrome is very common; about 1 in every 6 people has this genetic abnormality, but usually people with Gilbert syndrome do not have elevated bilirubin. Several inherited chronic conditions increase bilirubin levels in the blood and include Gilbert syndrome, Dubin-Johnson syndrome, Rotor syndrome, and Crigler-Najjar syndrome.

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