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J Perinatol. 2007 Sep;27(9):565-7. Epub 2007 Jun 28.

Randomized controlled trial of light-emitting diode phototherapy.

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Department of Pediatrics, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI 48073, USA. jmaisels@beaumont.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We wished to compare the efficacy of light-emitting diode (LED) phototherapy with special blue fluorescent (BB) tube phototherapy in the treatment of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia.

STUDY DESIGN:

We randomly assigned 66 infants >or=35 weeks of gestation to receive phototherapy using an LED device or BB. In addition to phototherapy from above, all infants also received phototherapy from below using four BB tubes or a fiberoptic pad.

RESULT:

After 15+/-5 h of phototherapy, the rate of decline in the total serum bilirubin (TSB) was 0.35+/-0.25 mg/dl/h in the LED group vs 0.27+/-0.25 mg/dl/h in the BB group (P=0.20).

CONCLUSION:

LED phototherapy is as effective as BB phototherapy in lowering serum bilirubin levels in term and near-term newborns.

PMID:
17597827
DOI:
10.1038/sj.jp.7211789
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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