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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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Dr. Olav Jaren
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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 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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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 exactly is biliary atresia?

What exactly is biliary atresia?

Birth defect: Malformation and scarrng obliteration of the bile ducts. Starts at birrth and progresses. Any infant who is jaundiced after one month of age needs a bilirubim level and a gallbladder ultrasound. Will need surgical correction prior to 60 days of life. ...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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Anyone's baby got biliary atresia?

Anyone's baby got biliary atresia?

Yes: Several in las vegas. About one third do well. One third will do well for a time and will eventually need a liver transplant. Another third do not benefit from a kasai procedure and go straight to liver transplant. ...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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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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How is biliary atresia generally treated?

Surgery: Once the diagnosis is made and if the baby is considered an appropriate candidate, the approach is surgical. As the problem is lack of drainage of bile from the liver to the intestine, a new connection is made between the liver and intestine. It is called a portoenterostomy or a kasai procedure. Sometimes the child is not a candidate and may need transplantation of liver. ...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