Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus - not gone but sometimes forgotten.

@article{Maisels2009NeonatalHA,
  title={Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus - not gone but sometimes forgotten.},
  author={M. Jeffrey Maisels},
  journal={Early human development},
  year={2009},
  volume={85 11},
  pages={727-32}
}
The introduction of exchange transfusion made it possible to prevent severe hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus, but kernicterus has never completely disappeared and it is still occurring in North America and, more frequently in Western Europe and the developing world. I discuss the epidemiology and major causes of severe hyperbilirubinemia and the potential root causes and system failures associated with the development of extreme hyperbilirubinemia and, subsequently, kernicterus. In the… CONTINUE READING