Defects of the liver at birth usually affect the bile ducts. Though rare, some congenital liver defects include the following:
Congenital liver defects that affect the flow of bile share some common symptoms. The following are the most common symptoms of congenital liver defect. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of congenital liver defects may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
Congenital liver defects that affect the flow of bile are usually diagnosed at birth or shortly afterward. In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for a congenital liver defect may include the following:
Specific treatment for congenital liver defects will be determined by your child's physician based on:
Treatment may include surgery to reconstruct or bypass the bile ducts. Sometimes, a liver transplant may be necessary.
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