- LIVER DISEASES
- ALL ABOUT LIVER TRANSPLANTATION
- ADULT LIVER TRANSPLANTATION
- PEDIATRIC LIVER TRANSPLANTATION
- INTERNATIONAL PATIENTS
WHEN A LIVER TRANSPLANT IS NEEDED
A liver transplant is recommended for children who have serious liver dysfunction and will not be able to live without having their liver replaced.
The most common liver disease in children for which transplants are done is biliay atresia. Liver dysfunction could be acute or chronic. Causes for liver dysfunction could be infections, genetic, metabolic, immunologic, tumors, toxins or for unknown reasons.
There are many conditions that may require a liver transplant.
Children who receive liver transplants tend to do very well
Liver transplants are performed on the sickest children with liver disease. Most kids who receive liver transplants go on to lead productive lives. Unlike adults, most liver diseases requiring transplantation in children are congenital (meaning they were born with a defect) and will not recur in the transplanted liver. In these cases, the liver transplant is curative, although strict care is mandatory.