Bilirubin is a waste product produced from the breakdown of haem. A high cord blood bilirubin concentration in neonates may be predictive of the development of clinically significant jaundice.
Cord Blood Bilirubin
Protect sample from light.
Neonatal jaundice is common, although physiological (benign) jaundice does not develop until >24 hours of life. Jaundice at birth (reflected by an elevated cord blood bilirubin) is indicative of a pathological cause and warrants further investigation.
There is some evidence that even relatively mild elevations of cord blood bilirubin at birth may indicate a higher risk of requiring phototherapy in the coming days.
10 – 40 μmol/L
Performed on Beckman Coulter AU5822 analyser
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