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Phototherapy--traditional and nontraditional.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11803426     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An observation by an English nurse in 1956 led to the discovery that visible light could lower serum bilirubin levels in newborn infants, and subsequent research showed how photons of light energy are absorbed by the bilirubin molecule converting it into isomers that are readily excreted by the liver and the kidney. Understanding the dose-response effect and other factors that influence the way light works to lower bilirubin levels has led to the effective use of phototherapy and has eliminated the need for exchange transfusion in almost all jaundiced infants.
M J Maisels
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association     Volume:  21 Suppl 1     ISSN:  0743-8346     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinatol     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-22     Completed Date:  2002-02-13     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501884     Medline TA:  J Perinatol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S93-7; discussion S104-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI 48073, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
Infant, Newborn
Jaundice, Neonatal / therapy*
Phototherapy* / methods

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