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How concerning is a 15.3 bilirubin level jaundice in a new born?

How concerning is a 15.3 bilirubin level jaundice in a new born?

Hyperbilirubinemia: Bilirubin levels are interpreted in context with other factors such as age, previous therapy, bilirubin level trends, response to therapy and other conditions such as organ disease, immunological issues (ABO incompatability), hemolysis, etc. Please provide more specific information for a more complete answer. ...Read more

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Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


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Is there a genetic test for hemolytic disease of the newborn?

Is there a genetic test for hemolytic disease of the newborn?

Yes: Hemolytic disease of the newborn, causing yellow skin and eyes (jaundice) with anemia, is most commonly due to a "set-up"--a blood type difference between mother and child. Blood types are caused by genes at the ABO and other loci (rhesus being most damaging), with o type or rh negative moms making antibodies to red blood cells of a or b or rh+ fetuses (if mom is o and fetus ab, baby switched), . ...Read more

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What is the result of neonatal screen positive in inherited metabolic disorders?

What is the result of neonatal screen positive in inherited metabolic disorders?

Depends: A screening test is a relatively simple & inexpensive test designed to narrow down the number of patients brought in for the more expensive specific tests. For every 10, 000 screened, 100 may show positive & secondary tests will show 2--3 with a real problem. The screen eliminated 99% that didn't need a specific test.The state notifies me of + screens & we get the tests.If a real pbm, rx is atarted. ...Read more

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How serious is congenital CMV in a newborn?

How serious is congenital CMV in a newborn?

CMV: from being asymptomatic to death hearing loss vision loss mental disability seizures lack of coordination are some of the other permanent disabilities ...Read more

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Is a woman with sc blood genotype a sickle cell carrier or patient. And what is the health implication of this especially during pregnancy?

Is a woman with sc blood genotype a sickle cell carrier or patient. And what is the health implication of this especially during pregnancy?

Hgb SC: Is a sickle cell syndrome but the genetics are different. A woman with HGB sc will pass either a HGB s gene, or a HGB c gene to her child. It is important to know what kind of HGB the father has-he should have a hemoglobin electrophoresis to find out how the child might be affected. Pregnancy complications are rare, but the baby can have a low weight, and rarely there are complications for the mom. ...Read more

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Why there's indirect hyperbilirubinemia in neonate of mother with diabetes?

Neonatal Jaundice: Indirect hyperbilirubinemia is not limited to infant of diabetic moms. It is a function of the newborn being relatively ineffective at clearing old red blood cells. It can be caused by high rbc count (polycythemia) which is common in infant of diabetic moms. Also, many other causes. Easily treated and common in the newborn period. ...Read more

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I've heard the mother's age at conception is important (below 35 usually best) for a baby's health. How much of a factor is the father's age?

I've heard the mother's age at conception is important (below 35 usually best) for a baby's health.  How much of a factor is the father's age?

Age effects: Women get the blunt of aging effect due to the basics of reproduction.Women are born with all the eggs they will ever release and the effect of background radiation/toxic exposures add up.Men produce sperm from stem cells and essentially make a new batch daily.The healthiest and best swimmers are the most successful for conception.This natural selection spares some of the age issue for men. ...Read more

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What is a high bilirubin level in a newborn?

See below: Bilirubin levels in full term, healthy newborns that may require treatment serum bilirubin levels age of baby above 10 mg less than 24 hours old above 15 mg 24-48 hours old above 18 mg 49-72 hours old above 20 mg older than 72 hours good luck. ...Read more

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Is a life of a newborn baby with hepatitis b is at risk?

Is a life of a newborn baby with hepatitis b is at risk?

Nope: Once treated with vaccine and immuneglobulin, it usually has no repercussions. ...Read more

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What is a high level of bilirubin for neonate?

5mg/dL: Abnormally high bilirubin (hyperbilirubinemia) is defined as bili level of >5mg/dl. However medical treatment is usually started at 15mg/dl. The first line treatment is phototherapy. ...Read more

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Is Lpa a significant risk factor for heart disease or is LDL the most important. ?

Is Lpa a significant risk factor for heart disease or is LDL the most important. ?

Being worked out: Lp(a) is quite elevated is an independent risk factor that seems to be almost entirely hereditary, and may be managed with a different medication regimen. For the vast majority of us, LDL cholesterol is key, and it's always against the background of other risks. Avoid smoking, stay physically fit and trim, and hope for many years of good health. ...Read more

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What mutations cause fetal alcohol syndrome facial features in a baby or child, whose mother was a non-drinker?

What mutations cause fetal alcohol syndrome facial features in a baby or child, whose mother was a non-drinker?

First of all...: ...Alcoholics frequently deny that they drink; so if there are features suggesting fas, you have to be sure the mother really is a non-drinker. That said, cornelia de lange syndrome, velocardiofacial syndrome (vcfs), & dubowitz syndrome - & probably others - share features with fas, though they are rarer. A precise diagnosis requires a thorough exam and lab testing by an expert in this field. ...Read more

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Is there a way for an at risk person to detect early changes (via blood tests etc) that usually precipitate development of non-hodgkins lymphoma?

Is there a way for an at risk person to detect early changes (via blood tests etc) that usually precipitate development of non-hodgkins lymphoma?

Yes: Seeing your general doctor regulary for check-ups and physical exams is the best way. Sometimes you can see signs of lymphoma in a blood test, like a high LDH, but this is not an effective screening method. Only if your doctor suspects that you may have lymphoma should she order further testing. ...Read more

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Is hemoglobin of 8 in a woman is significant ? The normal is 12 in here's lab.

Is hemoglobin of 8 in a woman is significant ? The normal is 12 in here's lab.

Yes: I would have your Md investigate why - bleeding sources? Excessive menstruation? enlarged spleen? autoimmune diseases? hereditary causes of low hemoglobin. ...Read more

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Is diabetes a major factor in kidney health?

Is diabetes a major factor in kidney health?

Absolutely!: It is the primary cause of most chronic kidney disease. ...Read more

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What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

Depends on which : Factor. There are about a dozen clotting factors and any of those could be deficient. Some are serious others not so much. It is not feasible to provide specific suggestion from the information provided. ...Read more

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Why is the case of dtga in newborns macrosomic?

Two not related: D-tga is not, to my knowledge, associated with syndromes that cause macrosomia. The d-tga is more likely to be isolated, with a separate, hopefully identifiable cause for the macrosomia (?Beckwith-wiedeman? Sotos syndrome?). ...Read more

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How common is sudden adult death in a 23yo female?

How common is sudden adult death in a 23yo female?

Very rare: it is a very rare occurrence - so rare sudden deaths of young people often are covered in the news ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


Dr. Cindy Williams
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Newborn Jaundice (Definition)

A condition in which a new baby turns yellow due to a higher level of bilirubin in his body. Bilirubin is a byproduct of the breakdown and recycling of red blood cells. Healthy babies can have neonatal jaundice as a normal phase during the first few weeks, but doctors will still evaluate such babies to be sure there ...Read more