Jaundice presents as a yellowing of the skin along with the whites of the eyes. Some of the other symptoms of jaundice include pale-colored stools and dark urine. Many newborns have jaundice when they are born as it is caused by too much bilirubin in the blood. Jaundice is also a sign of gallbladder issues in adults. The gallbladder releases bile to the small intestine through the cystic duct. The cystic duct connects to a bile duct. When these ducts become obstructed, jaundice may occur. Think of these ducts as hoses.
If you put a rock inside of the hose it is going to become clogged. When gallstones enter the ducts, they can cause them to become clogged. This may cause bile to build up inside the gallbladder, which can increase the amount of bilirubin. The bilirubin will build up in the blood, causing the yellowish skin and eyes.