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Biliary Atresia

Congenital Biliary Atresia

Biliary atresia, or BA, is a liver problem that happens before or shortly after a baby is born. With this problem, the bile ducts, which are small tubes that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder, are blocked. This damages the liver. Normally, your liver makes bile that moves through the bile ducts from the liver to the gall bladder where it is stored. When you eat, bile is released into your bowels to help breakdown the food and to help you absorb fat. Some babies with BA do not have any other problems. Other babies with BA may have other issues at birth like: Spleen problems Heart problems Bowel problems Kidney problems

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