Outstanding Collaborative Care for Pediatric Liver Diseases
At the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, we seamlessly integrate medical, surgical, and radiologic expertise to provide the best care for children with liver diseases.
- A Team Approach: Our Center has a history of close collaboration among clinical specialists, including hepatologists (liver medicine experts), gastroenterologists, hepatobiliary surgeons, radiologists, and pathologists. Our Center includes a social worker, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, and a financial assistant who helps families with insurance and other practical concerns related to your child’s condition.
- Medical and Surgical Therapies: We treat some conditions with medication, while other children need interventional procedures or surgery. Our Center performs more pediatric liver transplants than any center in the Tri-State area.
- Pediatric Liver Transplantation: We recommend a liver transplant for children who have serious liver function problems and would not be able to live without a liver transplant. The most common liver disease in children that requires transplantation is biliary atresia; other serious liver diseases include Alagille's Syndrome, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, Wilson's disease, hepatitis, and hemochromatosis. We perform liver transplants from both deceased and living donors, including family members or individuals who are unrelated to your child but who are a good match and are able to donate a portion of their liver.
- Nutritional Support: Our nutritionists and doctors work closely to formulate a plan to optimize the care of your child’s nutritional disorders. If your child needs aggressive nutritional support, our staff has in-depth knowledge and experience managing tube feedings and intravenous nutrition.
- Lifelong Care: Living with a liver transplant is a lifelong process. Your child will be taking immunosuppressants and other medications for the rest of his or her life, and we will continue to care for your child for many years after the transplant. Regular follow-up visits and checkups to ensure the new liver is functioning properly are essential.
- Dedication to Research: We may offer your child access to clinical trials that evaluate the latest immunosuppressant therapies, such as novel adult therapies that may be appropriate for older teenagers.