Scientific Program

Conference Series Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend 3rd World Liver Congress Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Day 2 :

Keynote Forum

Mohamad Miqdady

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, UAE

Keynote: Neonatal cholestasis

Time : 10:00-11:00

Conference Series Liver Congress 2018  International Conference Keynote Speaker Mohamad Miqdady photo

Mohamad Miqdady is an American Board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He is the Division Chief, Pediatric GI, Hepatology and Nutrition Division at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, UAE. He is also an Adjunct Staff at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA. He has completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, USA. He held the position of Assistant Professor at Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan. His main research interests include feeding difficulties, picky eating, obesity, procedural sedation, allergic GI disorders, and celiac disease. He has several publications and authored few book chapters, Editorial Board of few journals.


The estimated incidence of neonatal liver disease is as high as 1 in 2,500 live births. While Biliary Atresia (BA) is the commonest cause in the western countries, metabolic causes seem to be more prevalent in our part of the world. Early recognition of liver disease is of paramount importance. Because of the progressive nature of BA and several of the metabolic disorders, any undue delay would have a negative effect on the prognosis. The irreversible complication may occur if metabolic disorders are not correctly managed. Early recognition allows for dietary intervention, nutritional support and improved growth, fewer complications and a potentially slower decline in liver functions. All these would improve the outcome of a liver transplant if and when needed. Unfortunately, late referral of infants who have a liver disease is still a major problem even in Western countries. Part of the problem is that different disorders often have virtually identical initial presentations. An infant with persistence of jaundice beyond 14 days of life mandates an evaluation even in preterm infants. NASPGHAN (North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition) issued guidelines for management of neonatal cholestasis. It describes a step-wise evaluation of infants with cholestasis. The distinction between obstructive bile duct injury and hepatocellular is not always clear-cut, and there is often considerable overlap especially late in the course of the disease process. Ultrasound and biopsy findings are dynamic and observer dependent. Correct diagnosis is based on an accurate interpretation of a constellation of clinical and laboratory criteria, including liver biopsy, which is the cardinal method to reach the correct diagnosis. The recent improvement in management and the improved outcome will be discussed. Liver transplantation is a reality for pediatric patients. It is indicated when there are progressive hepatic decompensation, refractory growth failure and the development of a coagulopathy or intractable portal hypertension.

  • Liver Disease and Pregnancy | Pediatric and Geriatric Hepatology | Hepato-Biliary Diseases | Liver Transplantation and Surgery | Liver Imaging Modalities | Hepatitis | Hepatic Pathology | Liver Cancer
Location: Hall


Metin Basaranoglu

Bezmialem Vakif University

Session Introduction

Yasser Rashed

Al Qassimi Hospital, UAE

Title: Autoimmune Hepatitis in children

Yasser Rashed is working as an Associate Professor of Pediatric Hepatology and Gastroenterology. He has published many articles in the field of pediatric hepatology and gastroenterology. He has completed Medical Doctorate in Pediatric Hepatology and Master’s in Pediatric Hepatology and also in Pediatrics.



Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH) is a progressive necroinflammatory liver disease associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Mainly affecting females, AIH has a varied clinical presentation from minor symptomatology to acute liver failure. Mutation of complement factor 4 found in patient with AIH. Selective Ig A deficiency found in patient with AIH. Multiple lines of evidence suggest that hepatic viral infections may trigger autoimmune reactions, including AIH in immunologically susceptible hosts. Molecular mimicry between the proteins of both HBV and HCV and human nuclear and smooth muscle auto antigens has been identified and may explain production of autoantibodies in these viral infections. In Europe, approximately 10% of pediatric HCV infections are associated with anti-LKM1 autoantibodies. As noted earlier, susceptibility for AIH in the is associated with the HLA class II allele DRB1*1301 that has been associated with protracted HAV infection and development of AIH. Thus, it is possible that the DRB1*1301 allele may confer susceptibility for AIH by encoding class II. How to diagnose AIH, How to treat, When you stop treatment?