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What are the symptoms of biliary atresia?

Symptoms of biliary atresia begin in newborns, up to a few weeks after birth, with jaundice. Jaundice causes the skin and whites of the eyes to turn yellow due to a malfunction of the liver. Skin yellowing can be perfectly normal in the first couple weeks of life as the newborn's liver continues to develop. However, in the case of biliary atresia, the jaundice will become worse. Babies with this disease will often grow slowly with little weight gain and much of the time their spleen will be enlarged. They will also have very dark urine with foul-smelling, pale stools.

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