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What increases my risk for biliary atresia?

Your risk of biliary atresia will increase if you are exposed to any of the list of triggers associated with the disease. These include an immune system deficiency, viral or bacterial infection, a bile abnormality or a developmental problem in your liver. Females are more commonly affected than males, so simply being a female increases your risk. Also, Asian and African-American babies are more likely to be affected than Caucasian babies. In the United States, biliary atresia is the most common cause of liver transplant in children.

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