Arch Dis Child doi:10.1136/archdischild-2011-301608
  • Short research report

Scottish outcomes for extra hepatic biliary atresia post-rationalisation of services

  1. Paraic McGrogan1
  1. 1Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Royal Hospital for Sick Children Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3Department of Paediatrics, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, UK
  4. 4Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, Aberdeen, UK
  5. 5The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, The Hospital for Sick Kids, Toronto
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew R Barclay, Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Dalnair Street, Glasgow G3 8SJ, UK; andrew.barclay{at}
  • Received 28 December 2011
  • Revised 17 January 2013
  • Accepted 21 January 2013
  • Published Online First 21 February 2013


Aims To evaluate the outcome of Scottish children with extra hepatic biliary atresia (EHBA) since rationalisation of Kasai services to three English centres in 2002 (The ‘Group A’ centres).

Methods All Scottish children with EHBA diagnosed between 2002 and 2009 were identified via the Scottish Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (SSPGHAN) clinicians. A case-note review was conducted with demographics, presentation and outcome data recorded. These data were compared with historical Scottish data and data published previously by the supraregional liver units.

Results 25 patients were identified, of whom 22 were referred for Kasai in the group A centres, and of whom 19 had a Kasai. 2 year transplant-free survival (TFS) was significantly lower in the SSPGHAN 2002–2009 group than the group A centres in (1) (6/18 (33%) vs 36/57 (63%), p=0.023).

Conclusions These postrationalisation data are disappointing. The emphasis for care will now focus on improved communication between, primary care, general paediatricians and surgical centres through regional and national managed clinical networks, aiming to improve future outcomes for Scottish children with BA.