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Infants with biliary atresia may be born with jaundice, but usually appear healthy at birth. Most often, you or your child’s pediatrician will notice signs within the first two weeks to two months of your child’s life. These may include:
Signs that may appear later include:
These are later signs, not usually in the first months of life.
We know that biliary atresia is caused by inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts, but what causes the inflammation and scarring is still unknown.
Biliary atresia does not seem to be linked to anything the mother did during pregnancy, such as any medications she might have taken.
There are two types of biliary atresia:
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