Flashcards in EXAM #3: PEDIATRIC CHOLESTASIS Deck (41)
What lab is characteristic for pediatric cholestasis?
Elevated direct bilirubin
What are the etiologies of pediatric cholestasis?
2) Metabolic/ genetic
What are the functions of bile?
1) Excretion of toxins
2) Modulation of cholesterol metabolism
3) Absorption of lipids and fat soluble vitamins
How does cholestasis present?
1) Jaundice/icterus (4-5 mg/dL)
2) Dark urine
4) RUQ pain (older kids)
What sign is suggestive for obstructive jaundice?
Acholic stool (gray-colored)
How should you work-up a child with jaundice?
*If older than 2 weeks, get a direct bilirubin in addition to total*
What is the definition of a direct hyperbilirubinemia?
- Greater than 2mg/dL
- More than 20% of total
What is the obstructive pattern of cholestasis?
1) Elevated direct bilirubin
2) ALP, GGT
What type of hyperbilirubinemia is associated with physiologic/ neonatal jaundice?
Excess unconjugated bilirubin
What is breast-feeding jaundice?
- Mom is not producing much milk initially
- Caloric deficiency leads to jaundice
What is breast-milk jaundice?
- 2nd week of life
What should you do if a child is jaundiced for more than 2-3 weeks?
Order a direct bilirubin
What is Biliary Atresia?
Progressive inflammation of bile ducts in the first few weeks of life
How serious is Biliary Atresia?
V. serious, requires liver transplant
*Primary cause of pediatric death from liver disease*
What are the two types of Biliary Atresia?
1) Perinatal/ acquired
*If a child is jaundiced AT BIRTH it is a red flag*
What is the sequence of testing to diagnose Biliary Atresia?
1) Elevated direct bilirubin
5) Intraoperative cholangiography
How is Biliary Atresia initially managed in the OR?
- Connects the small intestine to liver
*Note that this is more successful the quicker it is performed*
What is typically required following the Kasai procedure for Biliary Atresia?
What is the definition of choledocolithiasis?
Stone in common bile ducts
What is acalculous cholecystitis?
Cholecystitis (inflammation) without stone
How do gallstones and cholecystitis present in kids?
- Nausea and vomiting
- RUQ pain
What is the treatment for gallstones/ cholecystitis in kids?
What is a choledochal cyst?
Cyst in the common bile duct
What is unique about the presentation of a choledochal cyst?
Palpable mass in the newborn
What is an important complication of a choledochal cyst?
Premalignant for cholangiocarcinoma
How is a choledochal cyst treated?
Roux-en Y choledochochojejunostomy
What is Alagille Syndrome?
- Autosomal dominant mutation in Jagged 1 gene/ Notch receptor
- Leads to progressive loss of interlobular bile ducts
How does Alagille Syndrome present?
Typically by 3 years of age:
What anomalies are associated with Alagille Syndrome?
1) Facial changes
2) Peripheral pulmonic stenosis
3) Butterfly vertebrae
4) Posterior embryotoxon
5) Growth retardation