Italian artificial intelligence to diagnose neonatal cholestasis

A team of Italian researchers has developed an app that can remotely detect neonatal cholestasis, a dangerous disease if not treated early. The application that has just been presented in Rome gets accurate results in almost 100% of cases.

An app scans babies' diapers to see if they are at risk for neonatal cholestasis. © Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images

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With our correspondent in Rome, Anne Tréca

Neonatal cholestasis is a buildup of bile in the liver. It often occurs within the first 15 days of an infant's life and is often treated by liver transplantation.

To be able to treat faster and better, researchers from Italy's largest pediatric hospital, the Bambin Gesù, and the Italian Association of Paediatric Hepatology have developed Popò App, that's its name. To use it, simply photograph the contents of the child's diaper with a smartphone. The app's algorithm compares its color and the data stored in the app. He comes out with a first result.

In the event of an anomaly, the application also allows you to contact a specialized service for a virtual visit or an on-site appointment. Already featured in the scientific press, Popò App is free and now available online. It is recommended for all parents.

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