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Definition of Kernicterus

Kernicterus: A disorder that is due to severe jaundice in the newborn, with deposition of the pigment bilirubin in the brain that causes damage to the brain, potentially leading to athetoid cerebral palsy, hearing loss, vision problems, or mental retardation. Also known as bilirubin encephalopathy.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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