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MDR3 Deficiency

Abstract

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NORD is very grateful to Prof. Emmanuel Jacquemin and Dr Emmanuel Gonzales, Pediatric Hepatology Unit and Pediatric Liver Transplantation Unit, Reference Center for Children with Biliary Atresia, BicĂȘtre Hospital, Paris, France, for assistance in the preparation of this report.

Synonyms of MDR3 Deficiency

  • No synonyms found.

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Low Phospholipid Associated Cholelithiasis
  • Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis Type 3 (PFIC3)

General Discussion

Summary
MDR3 deficiency is a rare genetic disorder that predominantly affects the liver. The disorder represents a spectrum of diseases that can range from mild to severe. The main symptom is interruption or suppression of the flow of bile from the liver (cholestasis). In addition, affected individuals may be prone to forming gallstones. Cholestasis in MDR3 deficiency occurs due to defects within the liver (intrahepatic) rather than within the bile ducts outside the liver (extrahepatic). Cholestasis can cause yellowing of the skin mucous membranes and whites of the eyes (jaundice), failure to thrive, growth deficiency, easy bleeding, rickets and persistent itchiness. Symptoms may be present in the neonatal period rather than at birth (congenital) or, in mild cases, may not appear until middle age when the disorder manifests as intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, gallstone disease, or jaundice and scarring of the liver (cirrhosis). MDR3 deficiency is caused by mutations of the ABCB4 gene and is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.

Introduction
The terminology used to describe MDR3 deficiency can be confusing. The term can be applied to several disorders including progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC) type 3, benign recurrent intrahepatic cholestasis (BRIC) type 3, low phospholipid associated cholelithiasis (LPAC) syndrome, adult biliary fibrosis or cirrhosis, and certain cases of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), of drug induced cholestasis (DIC) and of transient neonatal cholestasis (TNC). These disorders are all caused by mutations of the ABCB4 gene and resulting deficiency of MDR3.

Organizations related to MDR3 Deficiency

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