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Dr. Faisal Qureshi
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Biliary Atresia (Overview)

Biliary atresia is a condition where there are malformed, blocked ducts that have trouble carrying bile from the liver to the gallbladder.


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Describe the features of biliary atresia.?

Describe the features of biliary atresia.?

See below: Jaundice (yellow eyes and skin) is the first sign of ba. The onset occurs any time from birth up to 8 weeks of age, and it is unlikely to appear later. Some infants have pale, gray (acholic) stools. Most infants have dark urine because of bilirubin excretion into the urine. If the jaundice has gone unnoticed and the disease progresses an enlarged liver and spleen may develop. ...Read more

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Dr. Faisal Qureshi
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Biliary Atresia (Overview)

Biliary atresia is a condition where there are malformed, blocked ducts that have trouble carrying bile from the liver to the gallbladder.


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How often does biliary atresia occur and who is more likely at risk?

1/ 10-20,000 births: The cause of biliary atresia is unknown, although several mechanisms have been implicated including viral infections, genetic causes and toxin exposure. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of biliary atresia?

Jaundice: Yellow discoloration of the whites of eyes, skin, darkening of urine and pale acholic stools. Elevation of direct bilirubin. Absence of gall bladder on ultrasound. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms and signs of biliary atresia?

What are common symptoms and signs of biliary atresia?

Jaundice: Persistent jaundice in the newborn which is of the direct type or conjugated type is the early sign of biliary atresia. If it goes undetected in the newborn period, the child can develop liver failure. ...Read more

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How is biliary atresia typically diagnosed?

Multidisciplinary: This diagnosis is made by a team of neonatologists, pediatric surgeons and pediatric gastroenterologists. It includes blood test, an ultrasound, a nuclear scan called hida scan to evaluate drainage of the liver, a liver biopsy and finally a cholangiogram. As you can see it is not straightforward and that is why so many specialists are required. ...Read more

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What are the tests for biliary atresia?

Multiple: Usually start with laboratory tests followed by ultrasound, scintigraphy and biopsy. The gold standard is an operative cholangiogram. ...Read more

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What exactly causes biliary atresia?

What exactly causes biliary atresia?

See below: The causes of biliary atresia are not well established and are probably multifactorial; genetic factors may play a permissive role in some cases, but infectious, toxic, or immunologic mechanisms are probably involved. ...Read more

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Hida scan showed clogged bile duct, but my physician says she doesn't think it is biliary atresia. What does this mean?

Other cause of block: Hida scan is a nuclear medicine test to check on the flow of bile from liver, into gallbladder, and bile ducts. Safe test. Results can be: normal; no visualization of dye in the gallbladder (may mean blockage by stone, inflammation-cholecystitis, less likely tumor); slow movementvisualization-may reflect liver trouble, blockage, inflammation of bile ducts; seen elsewhere than bil sys/gi-leakage. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Biliary (Definition)

Biliary means anything related to the production, storage, secretion, or flow of bile, whether in the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, ...Read more