Hyperbilirubinemia in a newborn can be treatable if it is diagnosed promptly. However, proper and prompt diagnosis is critical. Otherwise, the condition becomes chronic and leads to permanent injuries that cause much pain and suffering.
Newborns are susceptible to this condition because their livers are often not developed sufficiently to properly extract bilirubin. While in the womb, the mother’s placenta performs this function. However, once the child is born, the baby’s liver must be able to do this on its own. Failure to do so can lead to serious complications, including a condition called kernicterus. Such conditions may lead to permanent brain damage.
As in many instances of birth injury malpractice, hyperbilirubinemia often involves medical malpractice because it is not diagnosed promptly. Failure to do so can lead to disastrous results that lead to a lifetime of suffering and pain.
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