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Children's Hospital physicians publish review of transplant issues in patients with biliary atresia
Date:1/8/2008

nter for Pediatric Transplantation. By using a full complement of surgical techniques, an experienced center can minimize mortality for children awaiting transplantation. In addition, this can lead to excellent long-term outcomes.

Biliary atresia, which occurs once in every 15,000 births, is an irreversible problem that is fatal without treatment. However, surgical intervention (the Kasai hepatoportoenterostomy) may allow a child with biliary atresia to live longer and have a better quality of life. In order to have optimal results, infants should undergo surgery before 2 months of age, necessitating early referral. Symptoms of biliary atresia occur between 2 weeks to 2 months of life, and may include: jaundice that persists beyond 3 weeks of age, dark urine, light colored stools and failure to thrive.


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Contact: Marc Lukasiak
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412-692-7919
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
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