Comparison between Bilistick System and transcutaneous bilirubin in assessing total bilirubin serum concentration in jaundiced newborns

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the performance and accuracy of the JM-103 transcutaneous bilirubinometer and Bilistick System in measuring total serum bilirubin for the early identification of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia.

STUDY DESIGN:

The study was performed on 126 consecutive term and near-term (≥36 weeks’ gestational age) jaundiced newborns in Cairo University Children Hospital NICU, Egypt. Total serum bilirubin was assayed concurrently by the clinical laboratory and Bilistick System and estimated using the JM-103 transcutaneous bilirubin instrument. Bland-Altman analysis was used to evaluate the agreement between determinations.

RESULT:

The limits of agreement of the Bilistick System (-5.8 to 3.3 mg dl-1) and JM-103 system (-5.4 to 6.0 mg dl-1) versus the clinical laboratory results were similar.

CONCLUSION:

The Bilistick System is an accurate alternative to transcutaneous (TcB) determination for early diagnosis and proper management of the neonatal jaundice.

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