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What is kernicterus?

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Kernicterus is a type of brain damage that can result from high levels of bilirubin in a baby's blood. Kernicterus is a rare kind of preventable brain damage that can happen in newborns with jaundice. Kernicterus is a rare neurological disorder characterized by excessive levels of bilirubin in the blood (hyperbilirubinemia) during infancy. Kernicterus is a medical emergency. Kernicterus is brain damage caused by severe, untreated jaundice or high blood levels of a substance called bilirubin. Kernicterus is a bilirubin-induced brain dysfunction.


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