Center for Childhood Liver Disease

The Center for Childhood Liver Disease specializes in helping infants, children, adolescents and young adults who have a wide variety of liver, gallbladder and bile-duct disorders, as well as liver tumors and masses. Children with liver disease come to us from all over the world because of our extensive experience, dedication and commitment to finding solutions.

Our expertise in treating liver disease

As an advanced training center for pediatric liver disorders and transplant, we have access to state-of-the-art equipment and services, as well as investigational drug therapies currently in clinical trials. We are one of very few pediatric hospitals in the country to participate in research to find better treatment options for our patients. We offer comprehensive care plans focused on long-term outcomes.

Diagnostic services at the Center include blood and biopsy testing, imaging (ultrasound, CT, MRI and MR cholangiography), elastography and endoscopic examinations, including non-invasive capsule endoscopy and ECRP.

Comprehensive liver care

Depending on the need of each child, care plans may include medications, surgery and specialized endoscopic procedures, such as ERCP. We try to care for children without using surgery for as long as possible, and partner closely with families, primary care physicians and other GI specialists to ensure that every child's care is seamless.

Should your child need extensive treatment, we work with teams of pediatric physicians at Boston Children’s to create integrated care plans with a focus on long-term outcomes. We work with other groups at Boston Children’s including the Metabolism Program, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Obesity Prevention Center, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center and Liver Transplant Program.

Childhood Liver Disease Program research

The Liver Center's physicians, nurses and researchers are dedicated to participating in clinical trials and research to find better therapeutic options for childhood liver diseases. We are one of very few pediatric hospitals in the country to do so.

Our physicians are often asked to contribute to write pediatric guidelines to help other doctors and nurses to diagnose and treat chronic conditions, such as hepatitis B and hepatitis C in children.

Clinical trials include:

  • hepatitis B and hepatitis c treatment trials
  • treatment trials for cystic fibrosis liver disease
  • evaluation of ultrasound-based imaging technology (fibroscan) as a way to assess a child's liver scarring noninvasively.
  • treatment trials for fatty liver disorders