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The profession, not the media, should assess where Kasai portoenterostomy should be performed

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 10 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1013
  1. S Davison, Consultant in paediatric gastroenterology.,
  2. V Miller, Consultant in paediatric gastroenterology.,
  3. A Thomas, Consultant in paediatric gastroenterology.,
  4. J Bowen, Consultant in paediatric surgery.,
  5. J Bruce, Consultant in paediatric surgery.
  1. Departments of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Paediatric Surgery, Booth Hall Children's Hospital and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester Children's Hospital NHS Trust, Manchester M27 1HA

    EDITOR—The Children's Liver Disease Foundation recently published its report into the treatment of infants with biliary atresia by Kasai portoenterostomy.1This was covered in the BBC's news programme Northwest Tonightand in Trust Me, I'm a Doctor on 26 February. The report advocates that Kasai portoenterostomy should be performed only in centres that can produce outcome figures equivalent to those produced by group C in the table. Furthermore, the …

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