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    Extrahepatic Biliary Atresia

    Extrahepatic Biliary Atresia

    National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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    Disorder Subdivisions

    • None

    General Discussion

    Extrahepatic biliary atresia is a rare gastrointestinal disorder characterized by destruction or absence of all or a portion of the bile duct that lies outside the liver (extrahepatic bile duct). The bile duct is a tube that allows the passage of bile from the liver into the gall bladder and, eventually, the small intestine. Bile is a liquid secreted by the liver that plays an essential role in carrying waste products from the liver and promoting absorption of fats and vitamins by the intestines. In extrahepatic biliary atresia, absence or destruction of the bile ducts results in the abnormal accumulation of bile in the liver. Affected infants have yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice) and scarring of the liver (fibrosis). In some cases, additional abnormalities may be present, including heart defects and intestinal, spleen and kidney malformations. The exact cause of extrahepatic biliary atresia is unknown.

    Supporting Organizations

    American Liver Foundation

    39 Broadway, Suite 2700
    New York, NY 10006
    Fax: (212)483-8179
    Tel: (800)465-4837
    Email: http://www.liverfoundation.org/contact/
    Website: http://www.liverfoundation.org

    Canadian Liver Foundation

    3100 Steeles Avenue East Suite 801
    Markham Ontario, L3R 8T3
    Tel: 4164913353
    Fax: 9057521540
    Tel: 8005635483
    Email: clf@liver.ca
    Website: http://www.liver.ca

    Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network

    c/o Joan M. Hines, Research Administrator
    Children's Hospital Colorado
    Aurora, CO 80045
    Tel: (720)777-2598
    Fax: (720)777-7351
    Email: joan.hines@childrenscolorado.org
    Website: http://www.childrennetwork.org

    Children's Liver Association for Support Services (C.L.A.S.S.)

    25379 Wayne Mills Place, Suite 143
    Valencia, CA 91355
    Tel: (661)263-9099
    Fax: (661)263-9099
    Tel: (877)679-8256
    Email: info@classkids.org
    Website: http://www.classkids.org

    Children's Liver Disease Foundation

    36 Great Charles Street
    Birmingham, B3 3JY
    United Kingdom
    Tel: 1212123839
    Fax: 1212124300
    Email: info@childliverdisease.org
    Website: http://www.childliverdisease.org

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    March of Dimes

    1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
    White Plains, NY 10605
    Tel: (914)997-4488
    Fax: (914)997-4763
    Email: AskUs@marchofdimes.org or preguntas@nacersano.org
    Website: http://www.marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org

    NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases

    Office of Communications & Public Liaison
    Bldg 31, Rm 9A06
    Bethesda, MD 20892-2560
    Tel: (301)496-3583
    Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
    Website: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/

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    Last Updated:  3/7/2012
    Copyright  2012 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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