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SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM PREDISPOSING FACTORS abdominal injury gallstones surgical procedures in abdomen PRECIPITATING FACTORS pancreatic head tumor

inappropriate use of OTC drugs

Tumor increases in size external compression of the bile duct flow of bile to the intestine is obstructed no bile enters the intestines impaired digestion of fat and releasing of vitamins from within it deficiency of certain vitamins bile is packed up into the liver substance bile is reabsorbed and accumulates into the blood bilirubin is carried throughout the entire body
abdominal pain


subsequent deposition of bile salts in the skin, mucus membrane and sclera

yellowish skin, mucus membrane and sclera

increased bilirubin is excreted through the urine and feces

darkcolored urine