Crigler Najjar Syndrome
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- Hereditary Unconjugated Hyperbilirubinemia
- Familial Nonhemolytic Unconjugated Hyperbilirubinemia
Crigler-Najjar syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by elevated levels of bilirubin in the blood (hyperbilirubinemia). Bilirubin is a yellowish waste product that is formed when the liver breaks down old or worn out red blood cells (hemolysis). Individuals with Crigler-Najjar syndrome develop hyperbilirubinemia in the absence of hemolysis. The elevated bilirubin levels occur because affected individuals lack a specific liver enzyme required to break down (metabolize) bilirubin. The hallmark finding of Crigler-Najjar syndrome is persistent yellowing of the skin, mucous membranes and whites of the eyes (jaundice). There are two forms of this disorder: Crigler-Najjar syndrome type I, characterized by a nearly complete lack of enzyme activity and severe symptoms; and Crigler-Najjar syndrome type II, characterized by partial enzyme activity and milder symptoms. Most cases of Crigler-Najjar syndrome are inherited as autosomal recessive traits and are due to errors or disruptions (mutations) of the UGT1 gene located on chromosome 2.
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