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J Pediatr. 2013 May;162(5):1068-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.12.092. Epub 2013 Feb 10.

Black race is not protective against hazardous bilirubin levels.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA. wickremasinghea@peds.ucsf.edu

Abstract

Although black race is considered protective against hyperbilirubinemia, black infants appear at increased risk of kernicterus. We found that although black infants have a lower risk of developing total serum bilirubin levels ≥ 20 mg/dL than white infants, they appear at greater risk of developing levels ≥ 30 mg/dL.

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PMID:
23403251
DOI:
10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.12.092
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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