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Biliary Atresia

Biliary atresia is a disease that affects children in the first weeks of life. The tubes which connect the liver to the intestine become damaged and blocked. Babies with biliary atresia will have jaundice (yellow eyes and skin) and pale stool (poo). Babies usually look otherwise well. If your baby is jaundiced and has pale stool they require an urgent blood test. If the blood tests suggest they may have biliary atresia they will be admitted to hospital urgently for further testing and possible surgery.

This page was last updated at 3:37PM on September 4, 2018.