Kernicterus in Two Generations: A Need for More Aggressive Preventive Measures

Peter, Kuti Bankole and Tolulope, Ogundele and Temidayo, Adeniyi Adewuyi and Kehinde, Kuti Demilade (2014) Kernicterus in Two Generations: A Need for More Aggressive Preventive Measures. Iranian Journal of Neonatology IJN, 5 (2). pp. 33-36.

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Bilirubin induced brain damage is still a common cause of morbidity and mortality in Nigerian infants. No much success has been recorded in decades despite the fact that brain damage from bilirubin toxicity in the newborn is easily preventable with affordable and effective means. We report a case of a newborn with acute bilirubin encephalopathy. This case was considered of interest because the mother of the baby herself had kernicterus as a newborn now manifesting with features of choreoathetoid cerebral palsy. The baby was brought to our facility late just as how the mother was presented late to a health facility 30 years ago. The unfortunate occurence of brain damage from bilirubin toxicity in two successive generations calls for urgent attention. We advocate more aggressive and all-embracing preventive measures including routine home visit of newborns, awareness creation and health education and involvement of all stakeholders to nip this problem in the bud.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WS Pediatrics
Divisions: Journals > Iranian J Neonatology
Depositing User: ijn ijn
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2017 14:27
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2017 14:27

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