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Whites of eye turning yellow. What could it be?

Hi My Partner (Female) I have noticed that the whites of her eyes have turned yellowish, I know that her father drinks alot and so does she but not when were togther, she is 37years of age and recently her mother has hinted that she cannot offer a Liver so I am starting to get a bit concerned, I have googled it but would like may confirmation to what I suspect it maybe, Thank you for any advice you can offer
Asked On : Mon, 17 Dec 2012
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Hi gregaustin2 welcome to HCM,

Given the symptom of yellowish discolourisation of conjuctiva(white of eye) and history of heavy drinking probably it might be alcoholic liver failure which may be in early stage, progressive or end stage also. The jaundice(yellow conjuctiva) may be due to other causes of liver failure also... Since you have not mentioned about any other symptoms and the duration its difficult to ascertain the exact illness and what is causing it.
Its better to do an ultrasound abdomen and Liver function tests to asses the status and function of the liver....
With regards,
Dr. Parthipan
Answered: Tue, 18 Dec 2012
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