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Lucey-Driscoll syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Transient familial hyperbilirubinemia
  • Transient familial neonatal hyperbilirubinemia
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Lucey-Driscoll syndrome, a form of 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.[1] Different inheritance patterns have been reported and in some cases, it occurs in individuals with no family history of the condition.
Last updated: 11/15/2010


  1. Diana Chambers, David Zieve. Transient familial hyperbilirubinemia. MedlinePlus. August 11, 2009; Accessed 11/8/2010.
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