What is the role of serum bilirubin measurement in the evaluation of breast milk jaundice?

Updated: Dec 07, 2017
  • Author: Prashant G Deshpande, MD; Chief Editor: Muhammad Aslam, MD  more...
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Consider obtaining the tests discussed below if serum bilirubin levels are greater than 12 mg/dL (170 µmol/L). A total serum bilirubin concentration that rises faster than 5 mg/dL/d (85 µmol/L/d) or jaundice before 24 hours of life suggests pathologic jaundice.

A level of conjugated bilirubin greater than 2 mg/dL (34 µmol/L) suggests cholestasis, biliary atresia, or sepsis (see Neonatal Jaundice).


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