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Prevention of neurodevelopmental sequelae of jaundice in the newborn.
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PMID:  21950390     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Although its cause, jaundice in the newborn, is extremely common, the disabling neurological disorder kernicterus is very rare. Kernicterus may be prevented by selecting those infants who are at risk of extreme jaundice or who may be particularly vulnerable to bilirubin neurotoxicity. Because the tools for achieving that goal are inadequate, a secondary strategy is needed. This involves a plan for emergency treatment of severely jaundiced infants, in particular those who present with neurological symptoms. In this paper I review the strategies for preventing extreme jaundice, and for reversing neurotoxicity in those infants for whom the principal strategies fail. Briefly, the tools for prevention include measurement of bilirubin while the infant is staying in the maternity unit, plotting the value on an hour-specific chart, assessing other risk factors for jaundice, and educating the parents. Emergency treatment should include immediate, high-irradiance phototherapy, consideration of intravenous immune globulin, and preparation for an exchange transfusion.
Thor W R Hansen
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental medicine and child neurology     Volume:  53 Suppl 4     ISSN:  1469-8749     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Med Child Neurol     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0006761     Medline TA:  Dev Med Child Neurol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  24-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© The Author. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology © 2011 Mac Keith Press.
Department of Neonatology, Women's and Children's Division, Oslo University Hospital - Rikshospitalet; and Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway.
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