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Various types of cholestatic jaundice in infants - causes and diagnostic problems

Anna Liberek, Magdalena G—óra-Gębka, Wanda Bako, Marlena Rytlewska, Ewa Kozielska, Maria Korzon

Med Sci Monit 2000; 6(3): CR548-554

ID: 508367


The purpose of this review was to evaluate possible differentiation between various causes of different types of cholestatic jaundice in children. Analyses were performed in 33 infants from 3 weeks to 3.5 years old with symptoms of cholestatic jaundice. The most frequent causes of cholestasis were congenital atresia of extrahepatic bile ducts (30%) and the CMV infection (20%). On the basis of the performed examinations it should be concluded that in order to differentiate between the causes of cholestatic jaundice it is necessary to do a series of tests as there is no specific diagnostic method which would be effective.

Keywords: hepatic cirrhosis, infants, atresia of extrahepatic bile ducts, Cholestasis