Blue light, green light, white light, more light: treatment of neonatal jaundice

Clin Perinatol. 1990 Jun;17(2):467-81.


This article reviews the current understanding of how phototherapy, the most widely used treatment of neonatal jaundice, uses light energy to pump bilirubin out of a jaundiced infant. It provides a framework for understanding the often conflicting results of clinical comparisons of various phototherapeutic regimens, and stresses the importance of light intensity in the overall effectiveness of phototherapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bilirubin / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Jaundice, Neonatal / therapy*
  • Photochemistry
  • Phototherapy*


  • Bilirubin