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MORAES, Mario et al. Importance of magnetic resonance imaging in bilirubin encephalopathy. Arch. Pediatr. Urug. [online]. 2015, vol.86, n.1, pp.26-29. ISSN 1688-1249.

In order to highlight the value of magnetic resonance imaging  in the diagnosis of bilirubin encephalopathy, the clinical case of a 37 week of gestational age newborn is presented. The newborn was readmitted to hospital with jaundice on the eighth day of life, indirect bilirubin being 30.1 mg/dl. This level was decreased with exchange transfusion, intensive phototherapy and the appropriate oral supply. Magnetic resonance imaging of the skull was requested, revealing T1 and T2 hyperintensity within the globus pallidus, and the subthalamic nuclei; which contributed to the diagnose of acute bilirubin encephalopathy.


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