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Alternatives to Pediatric Liver Transplant

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is recognized worldwide as a leader in the care of children with advanced liver disease. Our experts explore all treatment possibilities before recommending the best option to improve the quality of life for each patient.

Sometimes, disease management is the best alternative to transplant, either because of the child’s age, his or her disease state, or because it will provide the greatest benefit with the least risk for the child. If a liver transplant becomes necessary, our multidisciplinary team takes the appropriate steps to keep children as healthy, strong, and complication-free as possible before surgery to optimize outcomes and improve their chances of experiencing normal growth and development in the years to come.

The Pediatric Hepatology Program

The multidisciplinary team at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s Pediatric Hepatology Program involves both medical and surgical consultations in every evaluation in order to determine the best approach for each child.

Liver transplantation provides a well-understood benefit for many types of disease, but there is also a well-known set of risks associated with transplantation. Sometimes, doctors are able to provide benefits similar to liver transplantation with an alternative procedure that carries less risk to the child. Our liver specialists use their years of expertise to create a therapeutic treatment plan for each individual child to provide the greatest benefit with the least risk.

Liver Conditions We Treat

Children’s Hepatology Program treats a wide array of liver diseases with advanced therapeutic treatments such as partial external biliary diversion for progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis and medical management of Wilson’s disease. Below are the most common conditions we treat:

Pediatric Hepatology Program

Children’s has been caring for children with liver disease for decades. Our doctors and researchers have been dedicated to helping children with liver disease by exploring all treatment options, maximizing liver function, and maintaining growth and development of each child.

Meet Our Hepatology Team

Children’s Pediatric Hepatology Program features several of the country’s leading experts focusing on the management of liver disease that explore all treatment options of medical and surgical care.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment or request a consultation to discuss a child’s condition, contact us at 412-692-5180.
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
4401 Penn Avenue, Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
1-800-647-5437 Toll Free
412-692-7355 Fax
Last Update
July 7, 2015
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Last Update
July 7, 2015