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Black race is not protective against hazardous bilirubin levels.

Authors
  • Wickremasinghe, Andrea C1
  • Kuzniewicz, Michael W
  • Newman, Thomas B
  • 1 Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of pediatrics
Publication Date
May 01, 2013
Volume
162
Issue
5
Pages
1068–1069
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.12.092
PMID: 23403251
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Although black race is considered protective against hyperbilirubinemia, black infants appear at increased risk of kernicterus. We found that although black infants have a lower risk of developing total serum bilirubin levels ≥ 20 mg/dL than white infants, they appear at greater risk of developing levels ≥ 30 mg/dL. Copyright © 2013 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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