Submitted: 23 Sep 2017
Accepted: 24 Sep 2017
First published online: 24 Sep 2017
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Int J Basic Sci Med. 2017;2(3):147-150.
doi: 10.15171/ijbsm.2017.27
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Transcutaneous Bilirubin Assessment for Screening of Hyperbilirubinemia in Term and Near-Term Neonates with Jaundice, a Comparative Study


Introduction Hyperbilirubinemia is a common condition in neonates. In this study, we aimed to compare association of total serum bilirubin (TSB) with sternum transcutaneous bilirubin (TcB) level obtained by KJ-8000 Transcutaneous bilirubin meter (KEJIAN medical apparatus). Materials and Methods Eighty newborns were enrolled in present prospective cross-sectional study. At the first, blood sampling was done for determination TSB, and immediately after that, TcB levels were recorded on sternum skin by KJ-8000 device. Data was analyzed by statistical software SPSS version 21. Results The mean gestational age of the infants was 38.2±1.5 weeks. The mean of TSB level 13.52±4mg/dl, while the mean value of TcB was obtained as 13.71±3.53 mg/dl. Pearson correlation analysis showed a correlation coefficient of r= 0.770 between sternum TcB recorded by KJ-8000 device and TSB. Conclusion Giving the good correlation between TcB and TSB levels, it is advisable to consider the transcutaneous bilirubinometery as the screening method in jaundiced infants.
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