Research

BASIC Biliary Atresia Study

Biliary Atresia Study in Infants, Children and Adults

Protocol Description

The purpose of the Biliary Atresia Study in Infants, Children and Adults (BASIC) is to collect information on patients with biliary atresia so that researchers will be able to learn more about their long-term health following surgery to improve bile flow (Kasai procedure). Through this study, researchers will collect and store samples of blood and urine from children and adults with biliary atresia, and their parents, to be used in future research about liver disease and to help them learn more about the causes of biliary atresia. This study is an initiative of the Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network (ChiLDREN).

Eligibility Criteria

Males and females, ages 6 months and older, who have a confirmed diagnosis of biliary atresia and who have had the Kasai procedure, are invited to participate in this research study. Additionally, participation by their biological parents is needed.
Males: Ages 6 months and older
Females: Ages 6 months and older

Requirements
During the initial visit, researchers will gather medical history about the participant’s liver disease as well as blood and urine samples. Blood samples from parents will also be requested for analysis. For participants who have not had a liver transplant, annual visits will be required for 9 years. Visits will be scheduled to occur along with patient’s regularly scheduled follow-up for biliary atresia when possible. For post-transplant patients, a single visit is required.
Visits: 1 for post-transplant patients, 9 for others
Duration: 9 years for patients who have not had a liver transplant

Status: Open to Enrollment

Source(s) of Support
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Additional Resources
Study Description at National Institutes of Health
ChiLDREN

Primary Investigator(s)

Benjamin L. Shneider, MD

Contact Information

For more information about this study or enrollment, please contact:
Kathy Bukauskas, RN, CCRC
412-692-7703

Last Update
March 13, 2014
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Last Update
March 13, 2014
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