Jaundice-Induced Kernicterus Cases
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If your child has suffered from kernicterus induced by jaundice, your medical care providers may be at fault. While some birth injuries and disorders are unpreventable or unpredictable, kernicterus has clear signs that any doctor should respond to quickly. Negligent inaction or reckless action are the foundation of medical malpractice cases, something our firm has extensive experience with.
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Kernicterus Caused by Jaundice
Jaundice is a condition extremely common in newborn babies. It is relatively easy to spot, as it causes the yellowing of the eyes and skin. Kernicterus is a type of brain damage caused by out-of-control jaundice. This serious condition is caused by a buildup of bilirubin so excessive that it begins to move out of the blood and into the brain tissue, where it can cause serious injury and damage.
For grown adults, the body’s natural physiological responses such as the blood-brain barrier protects the brain, but in infants this response has not matured to the point where it will prevent damage.
The first sign of kernicterus is when a baby is overly fatigued and difficult to arouse. Other symptoms include decreased muscle tone (hypotonic or floppy), increased muscle tone (hypertonic), head tilting, or a high-pitched cry.
Once the condition progresses, it can lead to fever, brain damage, and severe contortion of the head. If doctors fail to diagnose this condition with its relatively obvious symptoms, they can sometimes held responsible for their negligence.
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