2020, Number 4
Rev Cubana Pediatr 2020; 92 (4)
Clinical practice guidelines in biliary atresia
Villamil MR, Pi OAJ, Ramírez GA, Pérez DA, Betancourt BD, Silverio GC, Cobas TY
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Based on the best scientific evidence available, it is presented the clinical practice guidelines on biliary atresia. This disease is defined as a progressive obstruction of the intra and/or extrahepatic bile ducts in newborns and young infants, causing severe cholestatic jaundice and cirrhosis of the liver. It is a rare disease of unknown etiology, with a higher incidence in Asian countries. It is clinically expressed by obstructive jaundice, acholia, choluria and hepatosplenomegaly. Laboratory tests show a direct hyperbilirubin and elevated liver enzymes, and in our hospital, the diagnosis is confirmed by a cholangiography, usually during a laparoscopy procedure. It has surgical treatment and it involves a Kasai portoenterostomy, with better results regarding biliary drainage if it is performed before 60 days of life, as well as liver transplant. This condition has a progressive course towards liver cirrhosis in early stages of life, mainly if the diagnosis and surgical treatment are not made timely, with implications for the survival and quality of life of these patients. Therefore, early referral of the patient with suspected biliary atresia to a specialized center is the cornerstone of the medical attitude. This clinical practice guidelines aims to offer standardized technical tools to improve the outcome for patients with this disease, as well as to contribute to teaching and research.
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