Biliary atresia is a rare gastrointestinal disorder, occurring approximately 1 in 10,000 to 15,000 births in the United States, and is characterized by a destruction or absence of, all or a portion of the extrahepatic bile duct. Affected infants present with jaundice and fibrosis.
In some cases, additional abnormalities may be present, including cardiac defects and intestinal, spleen and kidney malformations; the exact cause of biliary atresia is unknown. In today’s episode we talk with Cara Mack, MD to unpack the clinical presentation, management and ongoing care for patients with biliary atresia.
Dr. Mack is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, a practicing Pediatric Hepatologist and the Director of the Pediatric Liver Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
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