European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 170, Issue 10, pp 1247–1255

The side effects of phototherapy for neonatal jaundice: what do we know? What should we do?


DOI: 10.1007/s00431-011-1454-1

Cite this article as:
Xiong, T., Qu, Y., Cambier, S. et al. Eur J Pediatr (2011) 170: 1247. doi:10.1007/s00431-011-1454-1


Neonatal phototherapy (NNPT), a noninvasive, easily available therapy, has been widely used for the treatment of neonatal jaundice for more than half a century. Its efficiency in decreasing plasma bilirubin concentration is well documented, and NNPT leads to greatly reduced exchange transfusion rates for neonates with hyperbilirubinemia. It is generally accepted that the side effects of NNPT are not serious and seem to be well controlled. This review will focus on these possible side effects as well as the approaches to minimize them.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tao Xiong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yi Qu
    • 1
  • Stephanie Cambier
    • 3
  • Dezhi Mu
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, West China Second University HospitalSichuan UniversityChengduChina
  2. 2.Department of Newborn MedicineAffiliated Hospital of Luzhou Medical CollegeLuzhouChina
  3. 3.Department of PathologyUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  4. 4.Department of Neurology, Newborn Brain Research InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA