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Jaundice in newborns must be treated if it becomes severe, usually by exposure of the skin to blue light, because high unconjugated bilirubin levels can cause permanent brain damage. In all other cases it is not the jaundice that needs to be treated but the underlying condition. Should the condition resolve, then the jaundice will resolve as well. If an obstruction is present surgery may be necessary.
Last Review Date: December 4, 2020