Dr Kenneth Koo

Jaundice Specialist In Singapore With 20 Years Experience

  • Jaundice may signal serious underlying medical conditions, including gallstones and liver cancer

Dr Kenneth Koo has extensive experience in treating jaundice and other gastrointestinal symptoms & conditions in adults.

What Is Jaundice?

Jaundice is a condition when the skin and the whites of the eye turn yellow due to high levels of bilirubin in the blood.

Bilirubin is formed from the breakdown of red blood cells in the body. Bilirubin is processed by the liver and excreted in bile into the digestive tract through the bile ducts.

There are generally 3 major mechanism causing jaundice:

  • Hemolytic or pre-hepatic jaundice ( accelerated or excessive breakdown of red blood cells leading to increased production of bilirubin )
  • Obstructive or post-hepatic jaundice ( obstruction in the bile duct, preventing bile and bilirubin from being excreted into the digestive tract )
  • Hepatocellular or hepatic jaundice ( which is a result of liver disease leading to inability to process and excrete bilirubin )

What Are the Symptoms Of Jaundice?

Different types of jaundice can result in various other associated symptoms. Some of these include:

  • Yellow tinge to the skin and whites of eyes
  • Dark-coloured urine
  • Pale stools
  • Skin itching
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
About our Gastroenterologist

Dr Kenneth Koo

Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist

Gleneagles Medical Centre

  • MBBS
  • M Med (Int Med)
  • MRCP (UK)
  • FRCP (Edin)

Dr Kenneth Koo is an experienced gastroenterologist with more than 20 years’ experience and is well trained in managing all types of digestive and liver conditions.

Prior to joining private practise, Dr Kenneth Koo was Director of Gastroenterology and Senior consultant at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. An integral member of the team which transitioned from Alexander Hospital to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in 2015, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the gastroenterology division including the growth, development and governance.

Dedication to his patients and clinical practise can be seen from several service quality awards obtained over the years.

When Should You Visit A Specialist For Jaundice?

Jaundice is not normal. If you have jaundice or have a elevated bilirubin level on blood test, you should see a doctor for an assessment to determine the underlying cause. Jaundice can lead to significant health issues if not properly managed.

Seek immediate medical attention or consult a specialist if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • High fever
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Loss of weight
  • Confusion

Consult Dr Kenneth Koo

If you are experiencing jaundice symptoms, you should see a qualified gastroenterologist to accurately diagnose and treat your condition.

What Causes Jaundice?

There are various causes of jaundice, and most of them are commonly due to viral infections, overproduction of bilirubin, ineffectiveness in absorbing bilirubin or intestinal blockages.

Here are some common causes of jaundice:

  • Viral hepatitis (inflammation of the liver)
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis ( a liver condition in which the small bile ducts in the liver are damaged )
  • Hemolytic anaemia ( increase breakdown of red blood cells)
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Bile duct stones
  • Alcohol-related liver diseases such as alcoholic hepatitis
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Pancreatic cancer causing blockage of the bile ducts
  • Medication overdose eg paracetamol

Why Do Patients Choose
The GI & Liver Center

  • Previous Director of Gastroenterology & Senior consultant at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • More Than 20 Years’ Experience
  • Accurate Diagnosis Through Comprehensive Screening Tools
  • Accepting Patients With & Without Insurance
  • Transparent & Honest Charges

Jaundice may signal a serious underlying medical condition. Schedule an appointment with a qualified gastroenterologist today.

How Is Jaundice Evaluated?

  • Review of medical history and lifestyle habits
  • Physical examination of the abdomen to check for signs of chronic liver disease
  • Imaging of the liver and bile duct system using ultrasound, CT scans and MRI scans
  • Blood tests to look at liver function to assess severity, red blood cell levels and other various tests to look for underlying cause eg Viral Hepatitis
  • Rarely a liver biopsy might be required if other tests are inconclusive. This involves inserting a small needle into the liver to obtain tissue samples for examination

How Is Jaundice Treated?

Treatment of Jaundice

Treatment of jaundice depends on finding and managing the underlying cause for the jaundice eg :

  • Chronic viral Hepatitis B may need to be controlled with medications
  • If excessive alcohol consumption is the cause, then will need to stop alcohol totally
  • If there is bile duct stones causing blockage, then the stones will need to be removed
  • Late stage liver cirrhosis may need a liver transplant

Home remedies

Surgery and other treatment methods

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Our Clinic

Feel free to drop by at our clinic at 6 Napier Road #06-16, Gleneagles Medical Center, Singapore 258499

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    The GI & Liver Center

    6 Napier Road #06-16
    Gleneagles Medical Center
    Singapore 258499


    Mon-Fri: 9am – 12.30pm and 2pm - 5pm
    Sat: 8.30am – 12.30pm
    Sun & PH: Closed

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Jaundice is not normal. If you have jaundice or have a elevated bilirubin level on blood test, you should see a doctor for an assessment to determine the underlying cause. Jaundice can lead to significant health issues if not properly managed.

    It is best to consult a specialist if you are uncertain about your symptoms.

    • Over consumption of certain medications such as paracetamol
    • Excessive consumption of alcohol
    • Previous liver or pancreas infections
    • Being overweight and having an unhealthy diet and no exercise

    • Eating a balanced diet
    • Exercising regularly
    • Maintain a healthy weight
    • Limit consumption of alcohol
    • Avoid over-dose of medications such as paracetamol