biliary atresia

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A congenital or acquired condition in which there is obstruction of bile flow due to destruction or absence of the bile ducts. Babies usually present within the first few weeks of life with jaundice that does not improve with time. Some forms of biliary atresia can be corrected surgically, but if diagnosis has been delayed the condition may lead to irreversible liver damage requiring liver transplantation.

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