East African Medical Journal

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Childhood liver diseases in Ga-Rankuwa Hospital, South Africa

MN Muthuphei


Objective: To determine the pattern of liver diseases diagnosed in children at Ga-Rankuwa Hospital Histopathology Laboratory.
Design: A retrospective study.
Setting: Ga-Rankuwa Histopathology Laboratory.
Subjects: Seventy two patients who underwent a liver biopsy during the study period.
Methods: Laboratory records were reviewed and all liver biopsies were extracted. All slides were reviewed by the author to confirm the diagnoses. The findings were compared with similar studies elsewhere.
Results: Biliary atresia and neonatal hepatitis were the most common diseases. Metabolic liver diseases were rarely encountered.
Conclusion: Neonatal hepatitis and biliary atresia are not uncommon amongst children who underwent liver biopsy at this hospital.
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