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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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


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How is biliary atresia typically diagnosed?

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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Biliary atresia, is it a hereditary condition?

Not hereditary: Scientists do know that biliary atresia is not hereditary; parents do not pass it on to their child. It is also not contagious, and it is not preventable. ...Read more

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What happens if the biliary atresia is left untreated?

What happens if the biliary atresia is left untreated?

Liver failure: True biliary atresia with chronic biliary retention causes cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, leads to liver failure, unless treated. ...Read more

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Are there different options for treating biliary atresia?

Depends: Ba describes a variable issue that is basicly plumbing too small to let the waste drain out of the liver.Intrahepatic (small drainpipes inside the liver) it is worse than extrahepatic (pipes outside liver). If a bypass can be created by 6-8wks, drainage can improve. However, many of these must have living donor partial liver transplant when or if the liver fails. ...Read more

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What nutritional concerns should I be aware of if I am suffering from biliary atresia?

Fats, A,D,E,K, Zinc: Biliary atresia patients may have problems absorbing fats, can lead to deficiencies of fat soluble vitamins a, d, e, k, and calories. Can also have problems with zinc nutrition, should see doc and rd re: feeding and supplement plan. ...Read more

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Biliary atresia treatment?

Kasai procedure: Biliary atresia is most often diagnosed in the neonates. The first line treatment is a surgical procedure called portoenterotomy (kasai) in which a loop of intestine is connected to the liver to act as a conduit for bile drainage in place of the missing bile ducts. The beneficial effects of this procedure, however, is often short-lived many children went on to require liver transplantation. ...Read more

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Is biliary atresia detected before birth?

Is biliary atresia detected before birth?

No: Biliary atresia is unsuspected until there is a persistent rise in bilirubin of the direct type. Initial imaging study should be a preprandial gall bladder ultrasound to see if gall bladder is present. ...Read more

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Is surgery a possible cure for biliary atresia?

Is surgery a possible cure for biliary atresia?

YES: Biliary atresia involves both intra- and extra hepatic bile duct pathology. Standard extrahepatic bypass can provide extended survival for a minority of patients. Liver transplantation provides the only possibility for cure, though it carries with it significant morbidity and mortality. ...Read more

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Dr. Faisal Qureshi
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Biliary Atresia (Definition)

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


Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more