Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Semin Pediatr Surg. 2000 Nov;9(4):166-9.

Neonatal cholestasis.

Author information

  • 1Division of Pediatric Surgery, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, USA.


In simplest terms, cholestasis is defined as a decrease in bile flow. The clinical manifestations of cholestasis occur because of accumulation of substances normally excreted in the bile; namely bilirubin, bile acids, and cholesterol. Accumulation of bilirubin leads to jaundice and dark urine. Accumulation of bile acids is associated with pruritus, and accumulation of cholesterol causes hypercholesterolemia and xanthomas. There are many causes of cholestasis in early infancy ranging from normal physiologic jaundice to complete biliary obstruction associated with biliary atresia.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Support Center