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The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 16, Issue 10, pp 873–880 | Cite as

Green jaundice

A study of serum biliverdin, mesobiliverdin and other green pigments
  • Albert J. Greenberg
  • Irene Bossenmaier
  • Samuel Schwartz
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Abstract

Green jaundice is generally ascribed to biliverdinemia, but no proof of the identity of responsible pigments is known. A serum biliverdin concentration of 3 mg%, found in 1 of our patients, is thought to be the highest such value recorded. The accepted analytic method employed, however, was found to be nonspecific; a mixture of biliverdin, mesobiliverdin and related pigments appeared to contribute to the green color observed. The use of Triton X-100 and KCN facilitated spectrophotometric distinction of these pigments from green hemoprotein in the 3 illustrative patients described.

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Public Health Color Green Color Biliverdin Related Pigment 
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© Hoeber Medical Division • Harper & Row, Publishers, Incorporated 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert J. Greenberg
    • 1
  • Irene Bossenmaier
    • 1
  • Samuel Schwartz
    • 1
  1. 1.From the Department of MedicineUniversity of Minnesota, and Northwestern HospitalMinneapolis

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