Jaundice alone is not an indication for admission. A hemodynamically stable patient with new-onset jaundice without evidence of liver failure or acute biliary obstruction can be discharged from the emergency department if the appropriate laboratory studies have been ordered and follow-up has been arranged. Surgical consultation should be obtained if extrahepatic biliary obstruction is suspected. For other admission indicators, refer to the appropriate chapters in this text ( Chap 81
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