Baffling jaundice at 5 weeks: Are you being watched, Doctor?

January 1, 2004

The 5-week-old girl just admitted to your pediatric service is here for evaluation of lethargy, jaundice, and poor weight gain after hardly a month at home. Admission came at the request of the gastroenterologist to whom she had been referred by her primary care pediatrician because of rising direct hyperbilirubinemia.