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what are the tests for kernicterus?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 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
Neonatology 41 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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Can you reverse kernicterus?

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Dr. Raja Nandyal
Pediatrics 51 years experience
No: Once kernicterus develops, most of the damage is already done to the baby's brain. Mild improvement can happen later.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for kernicterus?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Prevention: Kernicterus occurs as a result of newborn jaundice of a severely high level that is untreated. I have not seen nor heard of a case in my entire career. Newborn jaundice is common and is easily treated with sun, phototherapy, or in severe cases exchange transfusion. (have not seen that in 20+ years). The best treatment is prevention.
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What are the symptoms of kernicterus?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
KERNIECTERUS: Hyperbilirubinemia in infants causes kernicterus. Sx are lethargy, poor feeding, vomiting, seizures. Itmay result in mental retardation, cerebral palsy later in childhood due to encephalopathy.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What is kernicterus?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 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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What is the definition or description of: Kernicterus?

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Dr. Valerie Hines
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Brain damage & bili: When severe jaundice is not treated, it can cause kernicterus. This is a type of brain damage that can result from high levels of bilirubin in a baby’s blood. It can cause athetoid cerebral palsy, hearing loss, vision problems, mental retardation.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Premature babies are more susceptible to it.
Nov 30, 2016

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