Maternal intestinal, genitourinary infections raise risk for biliary atresia in offspring

Offspring born to mothers with prenatal or third trimester intestinal infection or genitourinary tract infection experienced a significantly higher risk for biliary atresia, according to a study in JAMA Network Open.
“Biliary atresia (BA) is a rare yet devastating hepatobiliary disease that is the primary cause for pediatric liver transplant,” Wei-Hao Wang, MD, MSc, of the Graduate Institute of Biomedical Informatics at Taipei Medical University, and colleagues wrote. “Although substantial research has been conducted, the underlying etiology of BA remains elusive. … The

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