Diseases

Icterus

Icterus


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Banal, physiological manifestation, which appears on the second or third day of life, increases in intensity until the fifth day before disappearing gradually.
Jaundice translates immature liver that can not degrade all bilirubin, resulting from the regular destruction of red blood cells. A certain quantity then pours into the blood, explaining the yellow color of the baby.
In half of the cases, jaundice is almost inapparent. The rest of the time, monitoring is required and is based on the daily measurement of bilirubin. In case of confirmed jaundice, a "phototherapy" treatment is essential: the baby is placed naked under a blue lamp that has the property of degrading bilirubin.