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5 Facts you should know about

Biliary atresia

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It is a progressive idiopathic, necroinflammatory process

that may involve a segment or the entire extrahepatic biliary tree

2

Presentation may include jaundice, pale stools, or hepatomegaly

3

The most common complications or sequelae are growth failure, portal hypertension, cholangitis, and ascites

4

Biliary atresia should be excluded in any baby with jaundice

associated with pale stools, with jaundice persisting beyond 14 days of age

5

Biliary atresia is most common in East Asia, with a frequency of one in 5,000