Volume 9, Issue 1 (5-1995)                   Med J Islam Repub Iran 1995 | Back to browse issues page

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From the Department of Pediatrics and Pharmacology, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, I.R. Iran.
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Taranjebin is a plant resin obtained from camel's thorn, a shrub abundant in desert areas of Iran. It contains saccharose and has been traditionally used by grandmothers to treat neonatal jaundice. This study was conducted to test the effectiveness of taranjebin in reducing bilirubin in physiologic ranges when used prophylactically in normal full-term newborns. ,95 term healthy newborns were given 10,20, or 30% taranjebin starting at4 hours of age for 3 days, while ')0 infants were given placebo. Mean serum bilirubin levels were determined on day S for both study groups, as were daily transcutaneous bilirubin indices. In the 30% taranjebin group, 5 of 29 treated infants developed jaundice (bilirubin I Ii mg per dl) compared to none in the control group (p< 0.05). Taranjebin was thus not found to be effective in preventing hyperbilirubinemia in normal healthy term newborns.
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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Pediatric