Black race is not protective against hazardous bilirubin levels

J Pediatr. 2013 May;162(5):1068-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.12.092. Epub 2013 Feb 10.

Abstract

Although black race is considered protective against hyperbilirubinemia, black infants appear at increased risk of kernicterus. We found that although black infants have a lower risk of developing total serum bilirubin levels ≥ 20 mg/dL than white infants, they appear at greater risk of developing levels ≥ 30 mg/dL.

MeSH terms

  • Bilirubin / blood*
  • Blacks
  • Humans
  • Hyperbilirubinemia / complications*
  • Hyperbilirubinemia / ethnology*
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Jaundice, Neonatal / blood*
  • Jaundice, Neonatal / complications
  • Risk Factors

Substances

  • Bilirubin