June 1981

Clinical and Chemical Correlates of the Bilirubin-Binding Capacity in Newborns

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics (Drs Robertson, Karp, Bunyapen, and Catterton) and the Division of Systems and Computer Services (Mr Davis), Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(6):525-528. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130300025010

• We correlated commonly measured clinical and chemical variables in sick neonates to the total bilirubin-binding capacity (TBBC) measured with the peroxidase method. The significant correlations related to the infants' maturity and degree of illness. The factors having the strongest relation to TBBC were Apgar scores, total plasma albumin and bilirubin levels, gestational age, birth weight, use of ventilatory assistance, and maternal general anesthesia.

(Am J Dis Child 1981;135:525-528)