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Jaundice

Jaundice occurs when bilirubin, a yellow pigment released when red blood cells are broken down, builds up in the blood. The skin and the whites of the eyes have a yellow tinge. Jaundice in adults and in older children usually indicates underlying disease. Neonatal jaundice is common. The indications for phototherapy vary between units. Refer for urgent hospital assessment if jaundice presents in the first 24 hours of life, the baby is jaundiced AND unwell, or for prolonged jaundice (more than 14 days in babies with gestational age of >37 weeks, or 21 days in those with gestational age of

Jaundice in pregnancy

Jaundice in pregnancy, while relatively rare, has potentially serious consequences for maternal and fetal health.

Further reading

Patient.co.uk Jaundice Professional reference http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Jaundice

Neonatal Jaundice http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/neonatal-jaundice-pro

Jaundice in Pregnancy http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Jaundice-in-Pregnancy.htm

 

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