Welcome to The SAGES Surgical WIKI

SAGES launched its member-generated Wiki in 2010 and it quickly grew into a resource accessed by more than 2,500 people/month seeking advanced and accurate definitions of all types of minimally invasive surgery and diseases treated by minimally invasive surgery.

As part of the recent overhaul to SAGES web properties, the SAGES Wiki has been moved to a new home on the SAGES site. In addition to moving more than 75 member-generated articles back to the main SAGES web site, we have also completely changed the way members can interact with the Wiki:

  • It’s easier than ever to become a contributor! Simply log in with your member account and head over the Wiki pages. Use the “Create A New Wiki” button on the right sidebar to add your own article.
  • If you see a way to improve an existing article, simply click the Edit tab at the top of the article and make your edits.
  • Want to discuss an article? All logged-in SAGES members can now comment on an article using the Discussion tab at the top of the article and post away.

Recommended Wiki: Biliary Atresia

Author: Jan Goedeke, M.D. Editor: Stefan Scholz, M.D. Biliary atresia (BA) is characterized by a fibroproliferative obliteration of the biliary tree that progresses toward hepatic fibrosis, cirrhosis, and end-stage liver failure. It exclusively presents in the neonatal period (1). Although the overall incidence is low (about one in 10,000 to 20,000 live births (2) (3) (4) (5), BA is the most common cause of neonatal jaundice for which surgery is indicated and the most common indication for liver transplantation in children. Pathogenesis The etiology of BA is likely multifactorial. In classic textbooks, the cause of BA was described as an “arrest of development during the solid stage of bile duct formation”. Previously proposed theories of the cause of BA have focused on defects in hepatogenesis, prenatal vasculogenesis, immune dysregulation, infectious agents, and exposure to toxins. More recently, genetic mutations were identified as possible reasons for development of BA. The exclusive occurrence of BA… Continue Reading »

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