The effect of maternal heroin addiction on neonatal jaundice

Gerald Nathenson, Michael I. Cohen, Iris F. Litt, Helen McNamara

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

20 Scopus citations


The lack of significant jaundice among infants of heroin-addicted mothers suggested a possible mitigating effect of heroin on bilirubin accumulation in the newborn infant. This possibility was substantiated by the finding of increased bilirubin glucuronyl transferase activity in morphine-addicted mice and the morphologic demonstration of an increase in the smooth endoplasmic reticulum of their liver cells as seen by electron microscopy. The significance of enhanced glucuronyl transferase activity may extend beyond the metabolism of bilirubin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)899-903
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1972

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


Dive into the research topics of 'The effect of maternal heroin addiction on neonatal jaundice'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this