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Biliary Atresia, Extrahepatic

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • EHBA

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, breaking down fats in the small intestine, and promoting absorption of vitamins. 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 (cirrhosis). In some cases, additional abnormalities may be present, including heart defects and kidney and spleen malformations. The exact cause of extrahepatic biliary atresia is unknown.

Resources

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Tel: (914)997-4488
Fax: (914)997-4763
Tel: (888)663-4637
Email: Askus@marchofdimes.com
Internet: http://www.marchofdimes.com

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

NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Office of Communications & Public Liaison
Bldg 31, Rm 9A06
31 Center Drive, MSC 2560
Bethesda, MD 20892-2560
Tel: (301)496-3583
Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
Internet: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/

Children's Liver Disease Foundation
36 Great Charles Street
Birmingham, Intl B3 3JY
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 121 212 3839
Fax: +44 (0) 121 212 4300
Email: info@childliverdisease.org
Internet: http://www.childliverdisease.org

Children's Liver Association for Support Services (C.L.A.S.S.)
25379 Wayne Mills Place, Suite 143
Valencia, CA 91355
USA
Tel: (661)263-9099
Fax: (661)263-9099
Tel: (877)679-8256
Email: info@classkids.org
Internet: http://www.classkids.org

Canadian Liver Foundation
2235 Sheppard Avenue
Suite 1500
Toronto, Ontario, Intl M2J 5B5
Canada
Tel: (416) 491-3353
Fax: (416) 491-4952
Tel: (800) 563-5483
Email: clf@liver.ca
Internet: http://www.liver.ca

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
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network
c/o Joan M. Hines, Research Administrator
The Children's Hospital
13123 E 16th Ave. B290
Aurora, CO 80045
Tel: (720)777-2598
Fax: (720)777-7351
Email: hines.joan@tchden.org
Internet: http://www.childrennetwork.org

For a Complete Report

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This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

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Last Updated:  4/6/2009
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