The Pathogenesis and Treatment of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia
Bratton, Richard D., Jr.
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Hyperbilirubinemia, or jaundice in layman's terms, is as the name implies, an excess amount of bilirubin, a bile pigment, often accompanying anemia. The disease itself was recognized even in ancient times by Hipprocrates, Galen and others by the obvious yellow skin discoloration of the patient, However, only within the last 25 years has any progress been made in determining the causal factors and methods of treatment. This author will attempt to present a comprehensive examination of the diseases its causes, its effects, and the most current methods of treating neonates afflicted by hyperbilirubinemia.