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I have delivered a healthy boy two weeks ago. Suddenly the doctors discovered a liver disorder: a substance called bilirubin was slightly over normal level. Will it harm the development of my child?

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Bilirubin is a breakdown product of hemoglobin, the predominant pigment in bile. There are two tests for bilirubin: direct-reacting or total (conjugated) and indirect-reacting (unconjugated). It depends which test has been done. Increased indirect or total bilirubin levels can indicate various anemias and transfusion reaction.
But, if total bilirubin levels in the newborn reach or exceed critical levels, exchange transfusion is necessary to avoid kernicterus, a condition that causes brain damage. Consult your doctor.
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