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Metabolic problems and jaundice 

Metabolic problems and jaundice
Metabolic problems and jaundice

Grenville Fox

, Nicholas Hoque

, and Timothy Watts

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date: 24 June 2021

This chapter covers problems of glycaemic control in neonates (including investigation and management of hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia); management of babies of women with diabetes (infant of the diabetic mother); the physiological basis and rational approach to the treatment of metabolic acidosis in the newborn; the presentation, investigation, and management of inborn errors of metabolism presenting in the newborn; and metabolic bone disease (also known as osteopenia or rickets of prematurity). There is an overview of the investigation and treatment of neonatal jaundice, including physiological jaundice, aetiology, and investigation of non-physiological jaundice and aims of treatment of this; with guidelines for the use of phototherapy, exchange transfusion, and intravenous immunoglobulin. The importance of assessment of prolonged jaundice with reference to conjugated hyperbilirubinaemia is also covered in this section.

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