Definition of "Neonatal hepatitis"

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Neonatal hepatitis is a form of hepatitis that affects fetuses and neonates.

Sx
  • Jaundice (yellow eyes and skin), that appears at 1-2 mo of age
  • Not gaining weight, as they can't absorb vitamins for proper growth
  • Enlarged liver and spleen
Pathophysiology
  • The jaundice is caused by the child's bile ducts becoming inflamed and enlarged, blocking the flow of bile into the small intestine for digestion of fats and absorption of vitamins. This causes the yellow pigment of bile seeping into the blood stream, causing the yellowing of the skin and eyes

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