Liver Disease Clinic
Staff members in the Liver Disease Clinic see patients with a variety of liver problems and are experts in liver disease in children. We focus on family-centered care and use a multidisciplinary team approach to provide education, support and ongoing management for patients.
Liver disease occurs in children for a variety of reasons. Babies may have problems with inherited disease, despite having healthy parents. Congenital problems where the bile ducts don't develop normally also may cause problems in babies. Infections may lead to the development of liver disease in young children. Determining the right diagnosis quickly can have a profound effect on outcome in these cases.
Older children may develop liver disease for many of the same reasons as younger children. In addition, drug reactions and infections – including hepatitis A, B and C may result in liver disease in the older child and teenager. Obesity also is a leading cause of liver disease.
Metabolic liver disease is any metabolic disorder or disease that impacts the liver.
The diagnosis of liver disease can be stressful and sometimes challenging for families. We work quickly to develop the right diagnosis and support the family with information and understanding. Our comprehensive team includes pediatric hepatologists, pediatric nurse clinicians, pediatric nurse practitioners, pediatric dietitians, pediatric psychologists, social workers, pharmacists and radiologists. We offer diagnosis and treament for:
- Alagille syndrome.
- Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.
- Autoimmune hepatitis.
- Biliary atresia.
- Cirrhosis: Cryptogenic-idiopathic.
- Elevated liver numbers.
- Jaundice/cholestatic liver diseases.
- Metabolic liver diseases, including:
- Maple syrup urine disease.
- Methylmalonic academia.
- Ornithine Transcarbamylase deficiencies.
- Glycogen storage disease.
- Total parenteral nutrition cholestasis.
- Viral Hepatitis.
- Wilson's disease.
The Liver Disease Clinic is located in the GI clinic on the seventh floor of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Clinics Building.
The Liver Disease Clinic is held Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information, contact:
Pediatric Gastroenterology (414) 266-3690.
For urgent issues with established patients after hours, contact:
Children's Hospital Operator (414) 266-2000. Ask the operator to page the gastroenterologist on call.