Kernicterus is an excellent example of a metabolic encephalopathy. It clearly produces a biochemical lesion early when bilirubin first enters the brain. If initial staining can be minimized or reversed, permanent damage can be avoided. This takes strict attention to detail, and a keen ability for timely and accurate diagnosis. The potential for improvement/reversal argues strongly for increased awareness by all health care workers. Kernicterus will examine the history, biochemistry, physiology, neuropathology, etc., of bilirubin. New concepts of how bilirubin is toxic, and damages the acoustic system will be thoroughly examined. The promising new treatment possibility using gene therapy will be examined in detail. This therapy has been successfully used in the excellent animal model, the Gunn rat. Translation of these exciting results to newborn infants is well underway.
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