A Dedicated Clinic for Children with Fatty Liver Disease
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is home to a Fatty Liver Disease Clinic that we created just for young patients. We have one of the most experienced teams of world-renowned liver specialists who are committed to improving the futures of children and adolescents with this disease. The team sees patients on Monday afternoons.
If children eat so much that their food intake overwhelms their bodies’ normal fat storage mechanisms, fat accumulates in the liver, causing damage. The resulting disease is called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Over time, a child’s liver can become scarred and hardened, leading to liver failure, cancer, and even death. As obesity rates have risen among children, so has the incidence of NAFLD, as well as a progressive form of NAFLD called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Children with NASH are at the greatest risk for the most severe health problems, so we need to treat them as early as possible. One of the most effective ways to begin doing this is to help children lose weight, with the goal of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Our hospital offers your child these services in a comforting and supportive environment.
Our staff members are also leaders in research and treatment for fatty liver disease, and our site is a member of the NASH Clinical Research Network, a group of research centers funded by the National Institutes of Health that collaborate to better understand and treat fatty liver disease. Since we began our clinic in 2010, we have launched studies evaluating promising new treatments and exploring the development, progression, and genetics of fatty liver disease.