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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is congenital biliary atresia?

A condition where a baby is born with abnormally narrow or even absent bile ducts in the liver. It can cause rapid liver failure, hence prompt medical attention is needed. The exact cause is unclear, though genetics and exposure to certain toxins may play a role.

Symptoms of congenital biliary atresia

  • Stools became cream or white colored at 1 month of age

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

  • Intensely yellow urine

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • My brain is not functioning right now

  • Unable to gain weight

Questions your doctor may ask to check for congenital biliary atresia

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose congenital biliary atresia

  • Has the stool been gradually getting lighter after 1 month of age? (e.g. from pale yellow/green to grey/white)

  • Have you noticed your eyes or skin are turning yellow?

  • Is your urine dark yellow in color?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

Treatment for congenital biliary atresia

This condition cannot be cured. Treatment options include the Kasai procedure, to reconnect bile drainage systems from the liver to the intestines. Some patients will require a liver transplant as well. Regular follow-ups with a dietician is advised to ensure the child grows well.

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