What is Kasai 's portoentrostomy?
Kasai portoenterostomy, also known as the Kasai procedure, is a surgical treatment for infants born with a rare liver condition called biliary atresia. Biliary atresia is a congenital condition in which the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the small intestine, are either absent or severely narrowed. As a result, bile cannot flow out of the liver, leading to liver damage, cirrhosis, and eventual liver failure.
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Is the Kasai procedure a cure for biliary atresia?
The Kasai procedure is not a cure for biliary atresia. While it can be effective in improving bile flow and preserving liver function in some cases, it may not prevent the eventual progression of liver damage in all infants. Some infants may still require a liver transplant in the future if liver function declines despite the surgery.
Will my child need additional treatment after the Kasai procedure?
Some infants may require additional treatments or interventions after the Kasai procedure, depending on their individual response to the surgery and the progression of their liver disease. Regular medical follow-up is essential to monitor liver function and detect any potential complications.
What are the potential risks and complications of the Kasai procedure?
As with any surgical procedure, the Kasai procedure carries potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, bile leakage, and failure to restore adequate bile flow. The success of the procedure depends on various factors, including the infant's age at the time of surgery and the extent of liver damage.
Can my child lead a normal life after the Kasai procedure?
The long-term outcomes of the Kasai procedure can vary depending on the individual case. While some infants may experience improved bile flow and liver function, others may still face challenges related to biliary atresia. With early diagnosis, timely intervention, and ongoing medical care, many infants can lead fulfilling lives with good quality of life after the Kasai procedure.