DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2349-3291.ijcp20214945
Published: 2021-12-24

A study on effect of phototherapy in term new-born in a tertiary care centre in south Rajasthan

Neetu Beniwal, Nishant Dangi, Anuradha Sanadhya, Mohammed Asif

Abstract


Background: Phototherapy is a safe and effective method for management of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia with no serious untoward side effects. Hypocalcemia is a common and lesser observed adverse effect of phototherapy.

Methods: This study was a prospective observational study done in department of pediatrics, RNT Medical College, Udaipur (Rajasthan). Serum calcium level was observed in term neonates admitted for phototherapy.

Results: Out of total 80 neonates included in study 40 received phototherapy and 40 were control. Neonates receiving phototherapy had significantly lower level of serum calcium. Other complication were rashes, loose stool, fever and dehydration.

Conclusions: We can conclude from this study that hypocalcemia is a significant complication of phototherapy in newborn and probably monitoring of serum calcium level in babies under phototherapy is warranted.


Keywords


Phototherapy, Hypocalcemia, Neonates

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