What health problems should I look for in Alagille syndrome?
The main health problems in Alagille syndrome are liver and heart problems. People with Alagille syndrome can have severe liver disease due to bile backing up into the liver, causing it to scar and not work as well. You should be watching out for yellowing of the skin and eyes and itchy skin because these are symptoms of liver damage. People with Alagille syndrome can also be born with heart problems, especially problems in the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the lungs and differences in the structure of the heart. While these are usually found shortly after birth, mild heart problems might not appear until later in life. You should look out for shortness of breath, chest pain, fainting, and fast or slow heart beats.