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Child has yellow in corner of eyes. Ultrasound showed collapsed gall bladder. Anything serious?

Hi Doctor, My baby is 50 days old, and just 4 days back his eyes were seen yellow around the corners. Pathology tests revealed total bilirubin as 6.6mg/dl while the indirect bilirubin as 5.4. Today ultrasound was performed and it revealed everything normal except for Gall Bladder which was collapsed. Do you think anything serious for him ?
Asked On : Mon, 24 Dec 2012
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Well bilirubin of 6.6 at that age is definitely not comfortable. Your baby may have hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) or may have a disease called extra hepatic biliary atresia (EHBA). The later calls for a surgery and the sooner it is done, the better. A test called the HIDA scan can reveal more but it has to be done after 5 days of drugs (after priming). A distended gall bladder on ultrasound rules out EHBA however contracted gall bladder can mean anything. You should consult a pediatric surgeon for the same.
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Answered: Wed, 26 Dec 2012
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