Pediatric Liver Disease (Hepatology)
For more than 100 years Children’s Health℠ has been making life better for children. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks us as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country. As the fifth-largest and second-busiest pediatric health care provider in the nation, Children's Health can provide the comprehensive and individualized care necessary to put your child back on the path to a healthy life.
Conditions We Treat
Metabolic liver disease refers to a series of genetic disorders in which abnormal chemical reactions in the body disrupt a child's metabolism. For instance, if your child can't break down certain kinds of proteins or fats, his liver may not function properly. Examples of metabolic liver diseases include hemochromatosis, Wilson disease and Crigler-Najjar syndrome.
Acute liver failure in children can be the result of an autoimmune disease or an overdose of medications such as acetaminophen. Children’s Health teams with the Solid Organ Transplant program for liver transplants. The physicians who practice at Children’s Health use techniques such as reduced-size livers, whole livers and split livers to increase access to organs for pediatric candidates.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a spectrum of chronic disorders that cause an accumulation of extra fat in the liver. It is most often found in children and people who drink little or no alcohol. Over time, the extra fat can cause inflammation and scarring of the liver. When that happens, the disease becomes known as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
What to expect
Visits with the specialists at the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition are available at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the flagship hospital of Children’s Health and the Children’s Health Specialty Center Plano Campus.
Due to insurance requirements, your primary care provider or pediatrician must refer most children to our programs. To make a referral, have your healthcare provider contact the gastroenterology department at 214-456-8000 for Children's Health Dallas, or 469-303-4200 for Children's Plano.
Our team of nationally recognized specialists includes gastroenterologists, hepatologists, surgeons, nurses, allergists and radiologists, as well as psychologists and social workers. These professionals will work together with your family and primary care provider to create the most appropriate treatment plan for your child. This multidisciplinary approach allows us to offer your child expert care from multiple specialists in a single appointment, at one location.
We believe that patient education is one of the keys to wellness. Our team strives to empower our patients and their families with the educational tools that will help them to thrive no matter what the condition. As always, we work closely with your primary care provider to make sure that everyone has the information necessary to ensure a positive outcome for your child.
Children's Health is home to the internationally recognized Hepatology and Liver Transplantation Program. Not only are we leaders in treatment and care, but we’re also at the forefront of research into new treatments for acute liver failure, viral hepatitis and other chronic liver diseases.
We’re also helping to set the standard for the diagnosis and treatment of liver diseases in children. As a reporting facility to ImproveCareNow, Children’s Health shares outcomes with other pediatric facilities around the country. This information sharing eliminates variability of care by helping to craft a uniform set of treatments for a given condition. It’s just one more way we help your child — and every child — get well and back to the job of being a kid.