J Korean Assoc Pediatr Surg.  2008 Dec;14(2):125-133.

Outcome of Patients Undergoing Kasai Procedure for Biliary Atresia: a Study of Those Surviving More Than 10 Years with Their Native Livers

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  • 1Department of Surgery, St. Mary Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. jhjung@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract

To evaluate the long-term prognosis of biliary atresia after Kasai operation, a total of 14 patients (of the 41 patients operated upon from 1982 to 1997), who had been followed up for more than 10 years, were included in this retrospective study. Eleven out of 14 patients survived with their native livers, and their data analyzed for age at operation, clearing time of jaundice, histological outcome, postoperative complications, effectiveness after the application of an intussusception anti-reflex valve, and quality of life. Average age at surgery was 62.8 days. Serum bilirubin was normalized within three months in all patients. Six among the eleven long-term survivors had ascending cholangitis as one of the postoperative complications. The application of an intussusception anti-reflux valve did not show any statistical significance in long-term survival. Most of long-term survivors appeared to enjoy good quality of life. Kasai operation might not be the definitive treatment for biliary atresia; however, Kasai operation made it possible to achieve long-term survival for patients with biliary atresia when the patients were detected and treated as early as possible.

Keyword

Biliary atresia; Kasai procedure; Long-term survivors; Quality of life

MeSH Terms

Biliary Atresia
Bilirubin
Cholangitis
Humans
Intussusception
Jaundice
Liver
Postoperative Complications
Prognosis
Quality of Life
Retrospective Studies
Survivors
Bilirubin
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