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On the efficacy of various irradiation regimens in phototherapy of neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia.
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PMID:  3044798     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The efficacy of various irradiation regimens in phototherapy of neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia was analysed. One hundred and one newborns were assigned to three groups at random. The best results were achieved when six special blue fluorescent lamps were used and the sides of the incubator were draped with white cloth to reflect the light diffusely. This simple measure increased the therapeutic effect by approx. 35%. Compared to standard phototherapy units equipped with fluorescent lights, a halide lamp was no more effective. The results of the clinical trial confirm the conclusions drawn from measurements, published previously. According to those findings, irradiating large areas of skin as homogeneously as possible should produce optimum results. Using a lamp with a large surface in combination with diffusely reflecting areas should best meet this requirement.
P Eggert; C Stick; S Swalve
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of pediatrics     Volume:  147     ISSN:  0340-6199     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Pediatr.     Publication Date:  1988 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-09-29     Completed Date:  1988-09-29     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7603873     Medline TA:  Eur J Pediatr     Country:  GERMANY, WEST    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  525-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Universitäts-Kinderklinik, Kiel, Federal Republic of Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Bilirubin / blood
Clinical Trials as Topic
Infant, Newborn
Jaundice, Neonatal / blood,  radiotherapy*
Phototherapy / methods*
Radiotherapy Dosage
Random Allocation
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