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Kernicterus

Synonym(s): Excipient Hyperbilirubinemia

A rare type of brain damage associated with high levels of bilirubin. Kernicterus is usually seen only in infants with untreated jaundice, and it very rarely occurs in adults. Some antiretroviral (ARV) drugs are not approved for use in infants because of the risk of kernicterus. 

Related Term(s): Bilirubin, Jaundice

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