Role of Short Duration Double Phototherapy in The Treatment of Unconjugated Hyperbilirubinemia


  • Benish Fatima
  • Syed Taqi Hassan Zaidi Assistant professor, Karachi Institute of Medical Sciences, CMH Malir
  • Ameena Saba Assistant professor, Karachi Institute of Medical Sciences, CMH



Hyperbilirubinemia, double phototherapy


Objective: To determine the role of short duration double phototherapy in the treatment of unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia.

Materials and Methods: This prospective cases series study was conducted at pediatric department of CMH hospital at Malir Karachi. All the neonates diagnosed with unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia admitted to the neonatal ward were included. All the cases underwent short duration double phototherapy. Babies were observed for side-effects of phototherapy, like skin reaction and dehydration. Serum bilirubin was checked by bilirubinometre after 6 hourly of the treatment. Al the data was collected via study proforma. Data was analyzed by using SPSS version 20

Results: Total 74 neonates were studied, most of the neonates presented within 48-72 hours after birth. Majority of the term babies as 59.5% had history of 37-40 weeks of gestation and 28.4% had gestational age history >40 weeks. Out of all, males’ babies were 58.1% and female babies were 41.9%. Neonatal bilirubin level was significantly decreased from bassline 18.35+0.97 after 6 hours of double phototherapy as 14.66+1.18 with mean difference of 3.68+1.37 (p-value 0.001).

Conclusion: Short duration double phototherapy found to be the effective, reliable and safe for skin reaction in the treatment of unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia.

Key words: Hyperbilirubinemia, double phototherapy, six hours  





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