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Title: Phototherapy for neonatal jaundice
Authors: Tan, K.L. 
Keywords: Efficacy
Neonatal jaundice
Issue Date: 1996
Citation: Tan, K.L. (1996). Phototherapy for neonatal jaundice. Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics 85 (3) : 277-279. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Exchange transfusion for severe neonatal jaundice is a tedious and expensive procedure with high morbidity and mortality rates, and is followed by a prompt and marked bilirubin rebound. It has largely been replaced by phototherapy, which though more gradual in its effect results in a prolonged reduction of the bilirubin concentration. Its efficacy is influenced by the gestational age, birthweight and postnatal age of the infant, the aetiology of the jaundice, and the spectral emission and intensity (dose) of the light; its dose-response relationship enables it, at the optimal dose, to control very severe jaundice or a rapidly rising bilirubin concentration, including severe haemolysis. Its relative freedom from complications together with its non-invasive nature, ease of usage and convenience has resulted in widespread acceptance in virtually all neonatal units.
Source Title: Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
ISSN: 08035253
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