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Effect of liver transplantation on multiple bone fractures in an infant with end-stage biliary atresia: a case report


Osteodystrophy is frequently found in children with chronic cholestatic liver disease. We herein report an end-stage case of biliary atresia that was associated with multiple bone fractures and severe growth retardation. The patient, an 8-month-old female, underwent a living-related liver transplantation and thereafter showed a dramatic improvement in growth and decrease in bone fractures. A correction of the liver function is therefore considered to be a key factor in treating osteodystrophy that is related to chronic cholestatic liver disease. It is also essential to perform liver transplantation at the most appropriate time to enhance and support the growth of these patients.

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Katsura, S., Ogita, K., Taguchi, T. et al. Effect of liver transplantation on multiple bone fractures in an infant with end-stage biliary atresia: a case report. Ped Surgery Int 21, 47–49 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00383-004-1262-z

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  • Biliary atresia (BA)
  • Bone fractures
  • Living-related liver transplantation (LRLT)