Autosomal recessive condition characterised by jaundice. Total bilirubin levels usually range between 25.7 and 102.6 micromol/L (1.5 and 6 mg/dL), and more than one half of the total bilirubin is conjugated.
A dark pigment accumulates in the liver, giving it a characteristic black colour.
Primary defect is a mutation in an apical canalicular membrane protein responsible for excretion of bilirubin.
Jaundice is worsened by an intercurrent illness, pregnancy, and oral contraceptives.
A unique pattern of urinary excretion of coproporphyrins (by-products of haem synthesis) aids in the diagnosis.
It is a benign condition with a normal life expectancy and no specific treatment is required.
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King's College Hospital
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University Hospital Southampton
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St. Mark's Hospital
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Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago
Center for Liver Disease
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