BRONZE BABY SYNDROME
By Gary M. White, MD
Bronze baby syndrome (BBS) is the dark grey-brown pigmentation of skin, mucous membrane and urine following phototherapy in a baby with hepatic dysfunction.
- All patients have had at least temporary hepatic dysfunction.
- The serum is dark brown and shows a nonspecific absorbance from 380 to 520 nm.
- It is thought that there is an abnormal accumulation of a photoisomer of bilirubin is the cause of this condition but the exact cause is unknown.
The neonate develops a gray-brown diffuse discoloration of the skin while undergoing phototherapy.
No treatment is needed as the pigmentation slowly disappears after stopping phototherapy.
Indian Pediatr 2013;50: 624
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