Icterometer: a useful screening tool for neonatal jaundice

Indian Pediatr. 1991 May;28(5):473-6.


One hundred and sixty one jaundiced newborns were investigated for the usefulness of perspex icterometer as a screening tool for neonatal jaundice. Along with serum bilirubin estimation, icterometer score was simultaneously obtained in all the cases. The correlation between serum bilirubin and icterometer score was high (r = 0.99). The icterometer was useful in various subgroups. A high sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value was seen in all the groups. A possible role of icterometer in India for screening newborns with jaundice at peripheral level is highlighted.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Bilirubin / blood*
  • Birth Weight
  • Blood Specimen Collection / instrumentation*
  • Blood Specimen Collection / methods
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • India
  • Infant, Newborn / blood*
  • Infant, Premature / blood
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / blood
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Jaundice, Neonatal / blood
  • Jaundice, Neonatal / diagnosis*


  • Bilirubin