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Progress in phototherapy

DOI: 10.1590/S1516-31801996000200006

Keywords: phototherapy, newborn, jaundice, irradiation, efficacy.

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the purpose of this article is to present a recent advance in phototherapy employed on newborn babies with jaundice. the efficacy of this treatment depends on the intensity of emitted light; it is believed that a dose between 6 -12 nm is necessary. the usefulness of phototherapy in healthy, full-term infants is currently being questioned. therefore, the adequate use of this therapy should be emphasized until a consensus is reached on its advantages and disadvantages.

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