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What happens if the initial treatment for biliary atresia fails?

What happens if the initial treatment for biliary atresia fails?

Transplant: Treatment for biliary atresia is a kasai procedure which should be done before 60 days of life to be effective. One third of patients will do well and be cured. One third will do well for a period of time(years) but will eventually need a liver transplant. The final third will fail kasai and need a liver transplant sooner. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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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What are available treatment options for biliary atresia?

Surgery: Kasai procedure attaches liver to bowel to drian bile. Nutrition support, especially for calories, fats, fat soluble vitamins, zn. May need liver transplant. ...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 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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Is biliary atresia hereditary?

No: There is no proof that it is hereditary. Fortunately it is quite rare. ...Read more

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What is done for biliary atresia?

Depends on situation: If picked up early enough, some respond to surgery to re-establish bile flow. If operated later than 10 weeks of age, most will need a liver transplant to survive. All cases are quite unique & conferring with the treatment team will provide the best information. ...Read more

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What is the disorder biliary atresia?

Bile Duct Blockage: The bile duct carries the bile formed in the liver to the small intestine. Any disease that narrows, scars, or obstructs the duct can be called atresia. In some cases a patient is born with a narrow duct, called congenital atresia. In other cases chronic inflammation, infection, or even rejection of a liver transplant can cause scarring or narrowing of the duct. ...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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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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What is the liver biliary atresia?

Biliary atresia: Biliary atresia is a congenital scarring of the biliary ducts. These ducts transport bile made in the liver to the intestine so one can digest fats. The ducts scar and obliterate. Bile then cannot exit the liver which poisons the liver. These infants need corrective surgery before they are 2 months old. ...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