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Attack of jaundice as a child. Will the child recover fully?

My cousin s daughter is now 19 years. From 5months baby onwards, she is under care, but no remedy. They are now at madurai, Tamilnadu, India. The baby name is Harini, the only child. We were informed that initially Jiandise [ at the age of 4-5 months] attacked and lack of proper medical care at that time, this happened. She looks beautiful and parents are healthy. Whatever the local treatments available, they gave and taken full care. My question is--- Socially the life has gone. Is she will fully or partially recovered. What to be done at this age. Managing her is now difficult, because on her ownm she does not do anhything. They are socially inactive. Now in the day, they admitted her in a school and praying God. Is there is any treatment for full cure or else.... What we have to do now?
Asked On : Sun, 11 Nov 2012
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Thank you for your query.

Before a correct advice can be provided, it will be prudent to know what was the cause of jaundice at 4-5 months of age and what treatment was given? Both enzymatic causes and structural anomalies of the hepatic ducts can cause delayed jaundice in a child at this age.

By the description provided by you it appears that the child had high jaundice at birth which can affect the brain if the level of unconjugated bilirubin is more than 20 mg%. This condition is known as kernicterus and the motor functions of the child are affected.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction.


Answered: Mon, 12 Nov 2012
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