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Other Names for this Disease
- Transient familial hyperbilirubinemia
- Transient familial neonatal hyperbilirubinemia
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transient familial hyperbilirubinemia, is a rare metabolic disorder that leads to very high levels of bilirubin in a newborn's blood. Babies with this disorder may be born with severe jaundice (yellow skin), yellow eyes and lethargy. It occurs when the body does not properly break down (metabolize) a certain form of bilirubin. If untreated, this condition can cause seizures, neurologic problems (kernicterus) and even death. Treatment for Lucey-Driscoll syndrome includes phototherapy with blue light (to treat the high level of bilirubin in the blood) and an exchange transfusion is sometimes necessary. Different inheritance patterns have been reported and in some cases, it occurs in individuals with no family history of the condition.Lucey-Driscoll syndrome, a form of
Last updated: 11/15/2010
- Diana Chambers, David Zieve. Transient familial hyperbilirubinemia. MedlinePlus. August 11, 2009; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001196.htm. Accessed 11/8/2010.
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