Efficacy of phototherapy in the low weight newborn infant: relation to gestational age, birth weight and intra-uterine growth

Rita Paola Maria Luciano, Costantino Romagnoli, Luigi Cataldi, Maria Pia De Carolis, Enrico Zecca, Giuseppe Gio Batta Tortorolo

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Abstract

Phototherapy is largely used in the management of neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia, but its safety is very far from being proved. The Authors studied the effectiveness of daylight in low-birth-weight newborns. The results obtained show that the reduction of bilirubin induced by phototherapy is related with gestational age and intra-uterine growth. The very low-birth-weight infants, at higher risk of kernicterus, as they are more responsives to phototherapy, as well they are, probably, more susceptibles to side-effects. The Authors think that phototherapy should be planned on the basis of such observations.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)305-310
Numero di pagine6
RivistaPediatria Medica e Chirurgica
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 1983

Keywords

  • Phototherapy
  • neonate

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