This information is provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD).
Congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunt (CEPS) occurs when the blood vessels that go to the liver do not form correctly during fetal development. Toxins, that are normally removed by the liver, build up in the
The cause for CEPS is unknown, but it sometimes occurs along with other conditions such as Down syndrome or congenital heart disease. CEPS can be diagnosed by different kinds of imaging studies, including ultrasound and CT scan. Treatment is based on the symptoms, and may include surgery or liver transplant in severe cases. The long-term outlook for people with CEPS depends on the severity of symptoms and the presence of other health conditions.
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