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Black Race Is Not Protective Against Hazardous Bilirubin Levels

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.

Authors: Wickremasinghe AC; Kuzniewicz MW; Newman TB

J Pediatr. 2013 May;162(5):1068-9. Epub 2013 Feb 10.

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