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Biliary Atresia

Biliary Atresia: Introduction

Biliary Atresia: A rare condition that can affect newborns where the bile duct that carries the bile from the liver to the small intestine is blocked or missing. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Biliary Atresia is available below.

Symptoms of Biliary Atresia

  • Yellow discolouration of skin and eyes of baby (jaundice) usually appearing after 2-3 weeks and still persisting after 6 weeks
  • Dark urine
  • Pale yellow or grey stools
  • Itchy skin and scratching (pruritus)
  • Diarrhoea
  • more symptoms...»

Treatments for Biliary Atresia

  • Surgery to resect existing ducts and create drainage system
  • Liver transplantation
  • Dietary supplements - caloric and vitamin support
  • Vitamin K injection if bleeding abnormalities or bruising
  • Treatment of biliary atresia revolves around early recognition of the condition, and surgical intervention. Treatments include:
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Biliary Atresia: Related Patient Stories

Biliary Atresia: Deaths

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Biliary Atresia: Complications

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Causes of Biliary Atresia

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Disease Topics Related To Biliary Atresia

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Biliary Atresia: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Biliary Atresia

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, irritable bowel syndrome, is over-diagnosed, more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a variety of symptoms (see more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. more »

Biliary Atresia: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Biliary Atresia

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Biliary Atresia: Rare Types

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Biliary Atresia

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Biliary Atresia: Animations

Research about Biliary Atresia

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Clinical Trials for Biliary Atresia

The US based website lists information on both federally and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.

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Statistics for Biliary Atresia

Biliary Atresia: Broader Related Topics

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Definitions of Biliary Atresia:

Progressive destruction or the absence of all or part of the extrahepatic BILE DUCTS, resulting in the complete obstruction of BILE flow. Usually, biliary atresia is found in infants and accounts for one third of the neonatal cholestatic JAUNDICE. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Biliary Atresia is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Biliary Atresia, or a subtype of Biliary Atresia, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Biliary Atresia as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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