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Early Hum Dev. 1987 Nov;15(6):317-22.

Neonatal jaundice and severity of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency in Sardinian babies.

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Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital, Sassari, Italy.


We have investigated the association of neonatal jaundice (NNJ) and G6PD deficiency in consecutive births in a Northern Sardinian hospital. After excluding known causes for NNJ, and after correcting for the incidence of NNJ from unknown causes, we estimated that 20% of G6PD deficient male newborns develop NNJ resulting from their enzyme deficiency. By analyzing in detail 100 G6PD deficient babies we found no differences in birth weight or haemoglobin level between those without and those with NNJ, four of whom required exchange transfusion. We further showed by an accurate quantitative method that the residual G6PD enzyme activity was not significantly lower in G6PD deficient babies with NNJ compared to G6PD deficient babies without NNJ.

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