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Kernicterus is easy to prevent, but impossible to cure

The Problem

Neonatal jaundice (yellow skin color) is very common during first two weeks of life

  • Jaundice is caused by high levels of bilirubin in the blood.

  • Very high levels of bilirubin can produce irreversible brain injury called Kernicterus.

  • Kernicterus may cause hearing loss, cerebral palsy, and death.

  • Kernicterus is common in many low resource countries.


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Kernicterus Prevention

Preventing kernicterus requires overcoming several key barriers to effective treatment. Bilimetrix USA provides low cost solutions to these barriers through consultation, instructional materials for parents and health workers, a point of care smartphone assay for  plasma bilirubin (the BiliPic system), and a Stop Kernicterus International service that networks primary care and treatment providers, provides guidance for jaundice and phototherapy management, and gathers population data.

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