What is the prognosis of someone with biliary atresia?

The prognosis of someone with biliary atresia lessens as time goes by without proper diagnosis. The sooner doctors can perform surgery and begin treatment, the more likely the infant will develop properly. More than one-third of newborns with this condition will have improved survival odds with early surgery. Statistics are not available for long-term survival rates in those that receive liver transplants, but as procedures improve it is becoming more likely a newborn afflicted with biliary atresia will live into adulthood. Some will live to have children of their own without any increased risk of passing on the disease.

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