Idiopathic Neonatal Hepatitis
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NORD is very grateful to William F. Balistreri, MD, Director, Pediatric Liver Care Center, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, for assistance in the preparation of this report.
Synonyms of Idiopathic Neonatal Hepatitis
- idiopathic neonatal hepatitis syndrome
- neonatal giant cell hepatitis
- No subdivisions found.
Neonatal hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver (hepatitis) that occurs shortly after birth. Neonatal hepatitis may be caused by viruses, certain metabolic or genetic disorders, and other rare diseases that affect or impair the function of the liver. In some children, the cause of liver inflammation is unknown - these cases are referred to as idiopathic neonatal hepatitis (INH). The symptoms of idiopathic neonatal hepatitis may vary greatly from one individual to another. Symptoms common to liver disease often occur including yellowing of the whites of the eyes and the skin (jaundice), enlargement of the liver (hepatomegaly) and unusually dark urine. Most individuals with idiopathic neonatal hepatitis fully recover from the condition; however, some will progress to chronic liver disease.
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