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Pediatric Biliary Atresia

Key points about biliary atresia in children

  • Biliary atresia is a rare liver disorder that occurs in newborn babies..
  • Experts don’t know what causes the disease.
  • If not treated with surgery, biliary atresia can be fatal.
  • At some point, your child may need a liver transplant.
  • After a liver transplant, your child must take medicines to stop the body from attacking, or rejecting, the new liver.


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Providers Who Treat Biliary Atresia

    Departments that Treat Biliary Atresia

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    Hepatology Program

    Our Hepatology Program provides specialized diagnostic, evaluation and treatment services for children with a variety of liver diseases. The program is coordinated through the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

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    Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

    Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.