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Is biliary atresia fatal?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

If an infant with biliary atresia is left untreated, it can be fatal. Bile cannot flow from the liver to the gallbladder. Bile builds up in the liver and can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure, which can be fatal.

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