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Title: Neonatal jaundice in 'healthy' very low birthweight infants
Authors: Tan, K.L. 
Issue Date: 1987
Source: Tan, K.L. (1987). Neonatal jaundice in 'healthy' very low birthweight infants. Australian Paediatric Journal 23 (3) : 185-188. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The daily bilirubin levels during the first week of life in 94 premature very low birhtweight (VLBW, <1500 g) relatively 'healthy' infants were determined. Mean daily bilirubin values peaked on the fourth day of life at 188.1 μmol/l (s.e.m.=5.3). Twenty-eight infants developed hyperbilirubinaemia (bilirubin>260μmol/l), at which time they were exposed to phototherapy. When individual peak bilirubin values were evaluated, the overall peak value was 213.9 μmol/l (s.e.m.=5.1)occurring at 4.81 days (s.e.m.=0.11), although the value is most likely an underestimate, since the 28 pre-phototherapy values were not truly peak values. Seventy-six (81%) infants experienced bilirubin levels>170μmol/l. The method of delivery apparently had no impact on the bilirubin levels. All the infants remained well and progressed satisfactorily. 'Healthy' VLBW infants experience a much greater incidence and severity of neonatal jaundice than mature infants with the same clinical status.
Source Title: Australian Paediatric Journal
ISSN: 0004993X
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