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Kids with metabolic disease often must eat special foods or follow restrictive diets that prohibit foods like meat, dairy, nuts, beans, and chocolate.
Phototherapy or emergency intravenous hydration can be inconvenient and time-consuming. Living under close medical care so that doctors can adjust medication based on biochemistry, weight, and other factors can prevent a sense of freedom.
And that’s to say nothing of worrying about the unpredictable long-term nature of the disease, or the chance of a metabolic crisis.
Metabolic disease disrupts the body’s ability to convert food to energy — one of the liver's major roles.
Metabolic diseases can:
When metabolic diseases cause liver damage, they can also prevent the liver from:
For children living with a metabolic disease, a liver transplant can:
Most importantly, a liver transplant can provide peace of mind for children with metabolic disease and for those who love them.
Even when it won’t cure a metabolic disease, it can make living with it so much easier.
Because pediatric liver transplant outcomes have been consistently excellent — especially at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh — it's become a viable option for children with metabolic disease.
This is due to four main reasons:
Of course, a liver transplant is not an easy fix. But we have over three decades of expertise.
At the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation , we’ve done more than 1,700 liver transplants — including over 330 for children with metabolic disease. That’s more than any other center in the nation.
We’re also leaders in living-donor liver transplants, which is often an option for children with metabolic disease.
And, our full spectrum of services and experts will help you and your family meet the challenges that transplant brings.
Contact the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Children's to discuss your child’s metabolic disease at 412-692-6110.
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