Kernicterus Sentence Examples
Levels between 20 and 30 mg/dL associated with prematurity and hemolytic disease may increase the risk of kernicterus.
Kernicterus is still relatively uncommon but has been on the rise with the mandated early postnatal discharge policies.
In the past Rhesus (Rh) blood factor incompatibility between the mother and child was a major cause of kernicterus.
If hyperbilirubinemia cannot be controlled, the baby develops kernicterus.
The term kernicterus means that bilirubin is being deposited in the brain, possibly causing permanent damage.Advertisement
Babies who survive pregnancy may develop kernicterus, which can lead to deafness, speech problems, cerebral palsy, or mental retardation.
Severe hyperbilirubinemia is of great concern to pediatricians because it may lead to bilirubinrelated brain damage (kernicterus).
Infants with rising bilirubin levels are at risk of neurotoxicity and developing kernicterus, making the monitoring of bilirubin in the first week of life critical for these infants.
Parents will usually be informed by the pediatrician about any risks associated with an elevated bilirubin, such as liver dysfunction or possible kernicterus.