Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Liver Injuries in Children

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How are liver injuries treated?

In the past, children with a liver injury had an operation to stop the bleeding. Surgeons have learned that 90 percent of children with a liver injury will stop bleeding without an operation. To get the liver to heal, your child needs to remain in bed in the hospital to be sure the liver has stopped bleeding. Then, after your child is discharged from the hospital, participation in sports or other vigorous activities must be restricted for a period of time to prevent any further injury to the liver. Sometimes, if, for example, your child has gone into shock, or the liver doesn't stop bleeding on its own, an operation is urgently needed to repair the liver.

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