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Liver Injuries in Children

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    Liver injuries

    The liver is the largest organ inside the body. It sits under the right lower ribs and may go all the way across to the left side.

    What are liver injuries?

    The liver, the largest organ inside the body that sits under the right lower ribs, is soft and can be injured by landing, or being hit, on the right chest or upper abdomen. Not all liver injuries are the same. Some are minor, involving a small tear in the liver and a small amount of bleeding. Other injuries are severe enough to be life threatening, with tears in the very large blood vessels behind the liver.

    How Boston Children's Hospital approaches liver injuries

    The Department of Surgery evaluates and treats infants, children and young adults afflicted with acquired and congenital conditions, including liver injuries that may require an operation. We strive to improve the quality of life for each child entrusted to our care.

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