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At Boston Children’s Hospital, we take a multidisciplinary approach to the care of children with cirrhosis. Our Center for Childhood Liver Disease is one of the few centers with a dedicated team of specialists who are board-certified in pediatric hepatology and transplant.
Cirrhosis has no cure; once the liver starts to scar, in most cases the scarring will not go away. Therefore, our focus is to keep your child’s cirrhosis from becoming worse, largely by treating the underlying illness or damage that caused the scarring to start in the first place.
While the specific course of treatment will therefore be chosen largely based on your child’s underlying medical condition, there are some things that we do for all children with cirrhosis:
Because a damaged liver cannot break down medicines as quickly as if it were healthy, medicines – including over-the-counter medicines or vitamin or herbal supplements – will work more strongly than before. For this reason, if your child has cirrhosis, you should always talk to his or her doctor before starting any new medications or supplements, even vitamins.
If your child’s cirrhosis cannot be treated and his or her liver starts to fail, a liver transplant may become necessary.
Because cirrhosis is a chronic disease, your child will likely have to seek care for it for the rest of his or her life. The Center for Childhood Liver Disease can help you and your child plan for the eventual transition from pediatric to adult care.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”