Pediatric Liver Disease
NewYork-Presbyterian is nationally ranked among the top children’s hospitals for 15 years in a row based on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-2022 Best Children’s Hospital ranking.
For children with liver disease, early diagnosis and treatment can be lifesaving. At the NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation, located at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital, multidisciplinary teams of pediatric specialists collaborate to diagnose, monitor, and treat children with all types of liver disorders. Here, your child is in expert hands, as we arecommitted to providing our patients with the safest, most advanced techniques available to extend survival and quality of life.
About Our Program
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital have built national reputations for outstanding care devoted to children. The NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation, located at both children’s hospitals, provides the most advanced, safe, and proven treatments for liver disorders in children of all ages.
The NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation has a history of close collaboration among clinical specialists, including hepatologists (liver experts), gastroenterologists, hepatobiliary surgeons (liver surgeons), radiologists, pathology experts, advanced care nurses, social workers, and patient support staff. This multidisciplinary team addresses the unique needs of children with liver disorders, including acute liver failure, biliary atresia, and liver cancer. For these challenging and complex conditions, our team performs some of the most technically demanding and innovative procedures, such as liver surgery and liver transplant.
Because we are part of a world-class medical center, we have the ability to centralize care for our patients and connect our patients to providers in more than 100 specialties and subspecialties. When the time comes, we can provide the support patients and their families need to ensure a smooth transition from pediatric to adult care.
What We Treat
At NewYork-Presbyterian, our liver specialists have expertise in the treatment of a wide range of liver conditions and disorders in children of all ages. Some of the most common liver diseases we treat are:
- Acute Liver Failure: when the liver suddenly stops functioning over the course of a few days.
- Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency: in this inherited condition, the liver produces an abnormal form of the alpha-1 antitrypsin protein.
- Biliary Atresia: this condition, which affects infants, prevents the liver from draining bile to the intestines.
- Cystic Fibrosis: an inherited disease that causes mucus to build up throughout the body, and can affect multiple organs.
- Liver Cancer: the abnormal growth of cells in liver tissue. Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common type of liver cancer.
- Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD): a condition that makes the liver store excess fat.
- Portal Hypertension: elevated blood pressure in the portal vein, the major vein that carries blood to the liver.
- Primary Biliary Cirrhosis: a rare disease that causes the bile ducts to become progressively inflamed and destroyed.
- Viral Hepatitis: an infection that causes liver swelling and damage. There are several different viruses that can produce hepatitis.
- Wilson's Disease: a genetic disorder that prevents the body from excreting copper, causing it to build up in tissue.