- German Kern ("kernel") + -icterus. (Wiktionary)
“If left untreated, jaundice can cause a condition called kernicterus, which can cause brain damage, deafness, mental retardation and cerebral palsy.”
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“Some newborns, however, especially preterm infants with hemolytic diseases, the concentration of UCB may rise to higher levels that cause bilirubin encephalopathy or may progress to kernicterus resulting in severe neurological dysfunctions”
“It is evident that jaundiced neonates have total serum bilirubin concentrations of 7 to 17 mg/dL and serum bilirubin concentrations higher than 20 mg/dL may cause kernicterus”
“Gourley GR (1997) Bilirubin metabolism and kernicterus.”
“Ahdab-Barmada M, Moossy J (1984) The neuropathology of kernicterus in the premature neonate: diagnostic problems.”
“Although the majority of neonatal jaundice is benign, some neonates with severe hyperbilirubinemia develop bilirubin encephalopathy or kernicterus.”
“The core clinical features of UCB encephalopathy may range from mild mental retardation and subtle cognitive disturbances to deafness and severe cerebral palsy, seizure or death from kernicterus”
“Based on how Lexi does, neurologist Kathryn Holloway said they may consider deep brain stimulation for other children with kernicterus.”
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