The etiology of jaundice in adult patients at Port Moresby general hospital

Barnes, D.; Naraqi, S.

Papua New Guinea Medical Journal 30(4): 259-264


In a study of 100 adult patients admitted with jaundice to the medical wards of Port Moresby General Hospital, the commonest causes were pneumonia (39%) and falciparum malaria (34%). Primary hepatic disorders were an uncommon cause (12%), whilst 15% were due to a variety of other causes, predominantly hepatic congestion secondary to congestive cardiac failure. Jaundice in the pneumonia patients was due to hepatocellular dysfunction, whilst in those with falciparum malaria both hepatocellular dysfunction and haemolysis contributed.