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What are the tests for kernicterus?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 55 years experience
KERNICTERUS: Once hyperbilirubin is detected, efforts should be done to lower it. There's no test to determine the risk of kernicterus and no treatment once it develops.
Dr. Eugene Mahmoud
42 years experience
Kernicterus tests: Kernicterus is a devastating chronic disabling condition characterized by the clinical tetrad of choreoathetoid cerebral palsy, central neural hearing loss, palsy of the vertical gaze, and tooth enamel hypoplasia as the result of bilirubin-induced cell toxicity.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

What is kernicterus?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Term definitions: Kernicterus is a term uses to describe the effect that occurs when bilirubin rises to toxic levels in a baby and injures brain cells.It goes through several phases leading to a variety of permanent defects. These can include a movement disorder,deafness,visual problems and others. Recognition and treatment of high bilirubin levels can prevent this if done quickly.

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