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Neonatal Jaundice: Indirect Hyperbilirubinemia. Objectives Identify risk factors for severe hyperbilirubinemia Understand the relationship between hyperbilirubinemia.

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1 Neonatal Jaundice: Indirect Hyperbilirubinemia

2 Objectives Identify risk factors for severe hyperbilirubinemia Understand the relationship between hyperbilirubinemia and the risk for neurologic or developmental injury Discuss ways to screen for infants who might develop severe hyperbilirubinemia Discuss guidelines for treatment

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4 Epidemiology: Increased risk for neonatal jaundice Infant Factors –Blood group incompatibilities: Rh, ABO, others –Hemolysis (non-isoimmune): infection, drugs, T-antigen exposure, coagulopathy, RBC enzyme deficiencies (G6PD, PK, HK), RBC structural defects (spherocytosis, elliptocytosis) –Hemorrhage: cephalohematomas, intracranial bleeding, bruising –Infection: sepsis, UTI –Endocrine: hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency

5 Epidemiology: Increased risk for neonatal jaundice Infant Factors –Prematurity –Male –Polycythemia –Breast feeding vs. formula feeding –Caloric deprivation, postnatal weight loss increased enterohepatic circulation –Delayed passage of meconium

6 Epidemiology: Increased risk for neonatal jaundice Race: –Increased production: East Asian, Native American –G6PD: Greek, East Asian, African Genetic: –History of sibling with jaundice –G6PD, hexokinase, pyruvate kinase deficiency –Gilbert’s syndrome, Crigler Najjar Syndrome –Spherocytosis, Elliptocytosis

7 Epidemiology: Increased risk for neonatal jaundice Maternal diabetes mellitus: –Increased bilirubin production rate –Correlation with macrosomia and polycythemia –Elevated beta-glucuronidase in breastmilk Maternal drugs: –epidural anesthesia (bupivacaine) –oxytocin Delayed cord clamping

8 Epidemiology: Increased risk for neonatal jaundice Environmental factors: –Phenolic detergents –Naphthalene (moth balls) Short hospital stay –Failure to detect significant jaundice –Failure to establish breastfeeding

9 What is a normal “physiologic” serum bilirubin? Dennery et al. NEJM 2001: average peak bilirubin in term newborn, 5-6 mg/dL Breast fed infants are on average about 2 mg/dL higher than bottle fed infants in the first days of life. Racial differences –Greek, Asian, Navajo reach higher peaks

10 How should non-physiologic jaundice be defined? Collaborative Perinatal Project ( ) and Maisels (1986): upper limit of physiologic jaundice (95%) 12.9 mg/dL Kaiser (1997): 95% = 17.5 mg/dL Multicentered international study (Natus, 1998): 95% = 15.5 mg/dL, 2 SD = 17 mg/dL at 96 hours Bhutani. Pediatrics 1999; 103:6 –Post discharge: 95th percentile 17.5 mg/dL –predictive curves for severe hyperbilirubinemia

11 JCAHO Sentinel Alert: April 2001 Root causes for re-admission for hyperbilirubinemia identified Unreliability of visual assessment of jaundice Failure to measure bilirubin before discharge or in an infant with visible jaundice in the first 24 hours Early discharge: especially <38 weeks GA infant Failure to provide early f/u assessment post- discharge Failure to provide lactation support, information to parents about jaundice or poor feeding Failure to treat appropriately

12 Strategies to prevent severe jaundice Pre-discharge assessment (transcutaneous bilimeter or serum bilirubin) with use of Bhutani nomogram to predict risk Standardized policies for screening Follow-up of all newborns in hr Informational materials for parents about jaundice Lactation support Optimal application of phototherapy

13 Bhutani: hour specific serum bilirubin. Pediatrics 1999;103:6-14

14 Predictive nomograms for severe hyperbilirubinemia: Bhutani 1991 What is the risk for subsequent “severe hyperbilirubinemia” (i.e. bilirubin level in the high risk zone, 95th%)? –> 95th %: 39.5% –75-95th %: 21.6% –40-75th %: 11.6% –< 40th %: virtually 0

15 Bilirubin follow-up policy Compare serum bilirubin or transcutaneous bilirubin to Bhutani curves –> 95th%: repeat serum bilirubin in hours –75-95th%: repeat serum bilirubin in hours –40-75th%: if risk factors present, serum bilirubin in hours –< 40th%: no follow-up needed

16 Bilirubin injury to the brain Bilirubin encephalopathy: –Acute reversible changes –Acute irreversible changes Kernicterus (yellow staining of the brain) Neurodevelopmental sequelae –Clinical correlations –Epidemiologic studies

17 Clinical features of acute bilirubin encephalopathy Acute form: –Early Phase 1 (1-2 days): poor suck, stupor, hypotonia, seizures –Intermediate Phase 2 (mid 1st week): hypertonia of extensor muscles, irritability, retrocollis-opisthotonus, fever –Advanced Phase 3 (after 1st week): irreversible CNS damage, retrocollis-opisthotonus, hypertonia, shrill cry, seizures, coma, apnea, death

18 Clinical features of kernicterus Chronic form: –First year: hypertonia, active DTRs, obligatory tonic neck reflexes, delayed motor skills –> 1 year: movement disorders (choreoathetosis, ballismus, tremor), paralysis of upward gaze, hearing loss, mental retardation

19 Pathology of kernicterus Orth: described bilirubin pigmentation of the brain in infants with severe jaundice in 1875 Kernicterus: German word meaning jaundice of the nuclei –Term was coined by Christian Schmorl in 1904 Yellow staining of the brain (basal ganglia) Neuronal swelling Death of neurons

20 Pathophysiology of bilirubin encephalopathy Bilirubin monoanion binds to membrane –Causes changes in membrane characteristics –May affect membrane permeability P-glycoprotein (PGP): ATP mediated transport of bilirubin across membranes and out of the cell –Activity low in immature animal –Can be inhibited by drugs: e.g., ceftriaxone Membrane associated bilirubin oxidizing enzyme in the brain: activity low in immature animal

21 Pathophysiology of bilirubin encephalopathy Blood brain barrier –Hyperosmolarity opens the barrier –Hypercarbia increases bilirubin deposition in the brain Bilirubin binding to albumin: 1:1 at the first binding site Displacement of bilirubin from albumin: sulfa drugs, benzyl alcohol, FFA, ceftriaxone

22 Cellular mechanisms of bilirubin toxicity Binding to cellular membranes Decreased Na-K exchange Cellular accumulation of water Axonal swelling Lowering of membrane potentials, decreased action potential Decreased amplitude and longer intervals in auditory response

23 Clinical factors which increase the risk for kernicterus or bilirubin encephalopathy Displacement of bilirubin from albumin Hyperosmolarity Hypoxemia, hyperoxemia Asphyxia Hypercarbia Acidosis Sepsis Hemolysis Prematurity

24 Astute Observation from a Nurse Sister J. Ward, Charge Nurse Premature Baby Unit, Rochford Hospital, Essex England 1957 Skin of jaundiced infants bleached on exposure to sunlight, unexposed skin does not

25 The Science of Phototherapy Bilirubin is a yellow pigment, absorbs blue light spectrum Conversion of bilirubin into lumirubin, a water soluble compound Elimination by the GI tract and kidney

26 Can You “Overdose” With Phototherapy? “With existing equipment there is no such thing as an overdose of phototherapy” (Maisels2001) The saturation point (where higher irradiance levels don’t matter) is not known

27 Phototherapy devices White fluorescent tubes –Broad spectrum light exposure Blue fluorescent tubes –Blue light is more effective Blue LED lights (NeoBlue) Halogen lamps –More compact, bulbs are hot and can burn if too close Fiber optic blankets –small area of exposure

28 How Fast Can the Bilirubin Decline? 6-20% decrease in 24 hours-”standard phototherapy” 32% decrease in 18 hours- fiberoptic + bluelights 43% decrease in 24 hours- blue lights above and below

29 Fluorescent Phototherapy Lights Fluorescent lights cover more skin surface Deliver higher intensity without heating White lights effective, blue lights most effective Bulbs lose intensity long before they “burn out”

30 Fluorescent Bili Lights: microwatts

31 LED Phototherapy: microwatts

32 NeoBlue Mini: microwatts

33 Halogen Spotlight Phototherapy Halogen spotlights heat skin if closer than 55cm Cannot deliver higher “doses” of phototherapy Bulbs burn out Preferred by staff More compact, easier to use in NICUs

34 “Triple”Phototherapy: Halogen, Blanket

35 Halogen Photometer Reading “Double” halogen lights Only able to generate 10 microwatts/cm2/nm Very low “dose” of phototherapy

36 Fiberoptic Phototherapy Light from tungsten- halogen bulb through fiberoptic cable Less effective than conventional phototherapy Should not be used in VLBW infants, potential for skin injury

37 Skin Injury From Bili Blanket

38 Factors that determine dose and effectiveness of phototherapy Spectrum of light (blue is best) Irradiance of light source –power output of the lamp Design of phototherapy device –does it expose the maximal amount of skin? Surface area exposed to light Distance of infant from light

39 Acute management of severe hyperbilirubinemia Phototherapy with fluorescent or LED blue lights: maximal surface exposure and dose Correct dehydration, acidosis (respiratory and metabolic), and hypotension Correct hypoalbuminemia (1 g/dL of albumin binds 8.3 mg/dL bilirubin): augments removal of bilirubin with exchange transfusion Reduce enterohepatic circulation of bilirubin: stop breast milk feedings, use formula feedings –PO charcoal and agar reported, but not commonly used

40 Acute management of severe hyperbilirubinemia Avoid drugs which displace bilirubin from albumin or affect P glycoprotein Avoid use of hyperosmolar drugs or infusions Inhibitors of heme oxygenase (protoporphyrins): –Reduces bilirubin production –Sn and Zn protoporphyrins reported to be useful, but not yet FDA approved Extra-corporeal removal of bilirubin: –theoretical possible –extracorporeal charcoal binding used in Russia

41 Recommendations for treatment of hyperbilirubinemia (AAP practice guideline) AgeConsiderExchange ifExchange* (hr)phototherapyphototherapyphotoRx fails#transfusion 25-48> 12 > 15 > 20 > > 15 > 18 > 25 > 30 >72> 17 > 20 > 25 > 30 #Phototherapy should result in a decline 1-2 mg/dL of total bilirubin within 4-6 hour, should continue to fall and remain below exchange transfusion levels. *Intensive phototherapy, prepare for exchange, exchange if bilirubin does not fall below exchange transfusion levels. Adapted from Pediatrics 1994;94:558

42 Exchange transfusion: criteria Term: > 30 mg/dL > 25 mg/dL, failed trial phototherapy weeks: > 25 mg/dL weeks: > 20 mg/dL < 30 weeks: mg/dL Reduce exchange level 3-5 mg/dL for seriously ill infants: sepsis, acidosis, respiratory failure Acute symptoms of bilirubin encephalopathy

43 Exchange Transfusion ABO type-specific Rh negative blood in cases with Rh incompatibility Type O Rh-specific cells in cases with cases with ABO incompatibility Whole blood diluted with FFP to Hct of 50-55%. Fresh blood < 24 hours old preferred. Double volume exchange 160ml/kg

44 Technique for Exchange Transfusion Withdrawal thru UA catheter with simultaneous infusion thru UVC catheter 5-to 20-ml increments of warmed blood Agitate blood every minutes so cells don’t settle. Initial sample sent for bilirubin, Hct, lytes, calcium, cultures

45 Things to Remember Monitor ECG, BP, and temperature during procedure Measure ABG at beginning, middle, and end of procedure. Measure glucose at 10, 30, 60 minutes post procedure. Measure calcium after each 100 ml of blood. Warming blood > 37 degrees causes hemolysis

46 Bilirubin After Double Volume Exchange Serum bilirubin is 45% to 60% of preexchange level

47 Potential complications Infant Hypothermia Hyperkalemia Thrombocytopenia Low Ca++ and Mg++ Reactive hypoglycemia Action Warm donor blood Use fresh blood, monitor ECG Transfuse platelets at end if < 75K Give CaGluconate 100mg/kg/d IV glucose 5mg/kg/min minutes after end of exchange

48 Followup issues for hyperbilirubinemia Hearing screen “Rebound” bilirubin –AAP guideline: repeat bilirubin level not indicated in healthy term infants –useful in premature infants, hemolysis (isoimmunization, G6PD) Infants with bilirubin encephalopathy –neurodevelopmental followup –hearing screen


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