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What are the symptoms of kernicterus?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 55 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.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
CNS damage: symptoms of kernicterus include hearing loss, spasticity and delays in development, including cognitive, motor and personal social areas.

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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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