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Usefulness of the Transcutaneous Bilirubinometer in Neonatal Jaundice

Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2004;47(12):1287-1292.
Published online December 15, 2004.
Usefulness of the Transcutaneous Bilirubinometer in Neonatal Jaundice
Joo Ran An, Sung Won Park, Hee Chul Lee, Kyung Ah Kim, Sun Young Ko, Yeon Kyung Lee, Son Moon Shin
Department of Pediatrics, Samsung Cheil Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
신생아 황달에서 경피적 빌리루빈 측정기의 유용성
안주란, 박성원, 이희철, 김경아, 고선영, 이연경, 신손문
성균관대학교 의과대학 삼성제일병원 소아과
Son Moon Shin, Email: smshin@smc.or.kr
: To test the usefulness of a new jaundice meter, the JM-103(Minolta/Hill-Rom Air-shields, Japan) which uses a new probe to compensate for different skin pigmentation or thickness, and displayed actual bilirubin level instead of an index number as in the previous model, the JM-102, we compared transcutaneous bilirubin(TCB) with plasma bilirubin(PB) in newborn infants.
: TCB was measured on 114 newborn infants aged 3 to 6 days with jaundice meter JM- 103, using one to five flashes. TCB was measured on the forehead(glabella; TCB-F) and on the chest(sternum; TCB-C) of the same infant at the same time. PB was measured by American Optical bilirubinometer within 30 minutes after TCB measurement. TCB was compared with PB, and the difference of TCB according to the using preset numbers of flashing times was studied.
: There was significant correlation between PB and TCB, regardless of the measuring site and the numbers of flashing during measurement.
: The New transcutaneous bilirubinometer, the JM-103 would be a useful screening device in neonatal jaundice.
Key Words: Transcutaneous bilirubinometer, Neonatal jaundice

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