newborn screening programme
Biliary atresia is a condition which affects newborn babies. In this condition, bile ducts are either blocked or absent. Early symptoms include jaundice (a yellow colour of the skin or whites of the eyes) and pale stools. If untreated the condition can lead to liver failure and death.
UK NSC screening recommendation
The UK NSC does not recommend screening newborns for biliary atresia because:
- there is no reliable screening test that would be able to detect the disease within the first week of the babies life
- there is no evidence that screened babies would be able to have surgery at a younger age than unscreened babies
Supporting documents from the 2017 review
Evidence Summary Biliary atresia (2017)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.
UK NSC coversheet & consultation responses Biliary atresia (2017)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.
Date previous review completed: 2017
Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.
To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.
Organisations interested in Biliary atresia
These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.
List of organisations
- British Association for Study of the Liver
- British Association of Perinatal Medicine
- British Liver Nurses' Forum
- Children's Liver Disease Foundation
- Faculty of Public Health
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Midwives
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- The British Liver Trust