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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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