What is Biliary Atresia (BA)?
Biliary atresia is a life-threatening condition in infants in which the bile ducts inside or outside the liver do not have normal openings.
It is not known why the biliary system fails to develop normally. In babies with biliary atresia, bile flow from the liver to the gallbladder is blocked. This can lead to liver damage and cirrhosis of the liver, which is deadly if not treated.
News releases from Johns Hopkins Children's Center:
Poop Color Screening Could Prevent Deaths, Avert Liver Transplants and Lower Treatment Costs in Babies with Rare Liver Disease
Paying attention to the color of a newborn's poop can mean the difference between life and death for babies with the rare liver disorder biliary atresia - the leading cause of liver transplants in children. The disease is almost universally heralded by white or clay-colored stools but is often diagnosed with woeful delays.
Now, research from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center reveals that a stool color screening card given to new parents and already proven to save lives and improve outcomes in Taiwan, could also mitigate the economic toll of the disease in the United States.
The Color of Poop: Stool Guide, Mobile App to Speed up Diagnoses of Life-Threatening Liver Condition in Newborns