Pediatric Liver Failure

The team of specialists at the Transplant Center has performed more than 540 pediatric liver transplants since 1964. In 1982, we performed a successful liver transplant on an 11-month-old infant, who has become the world’s longest living pediatric liver recipient.
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Our livers process nutrients absorbed during digestion and eliminate toxic substances from the body. Diseases of the liver can be genetic or caused by viruses. Often, the first sign of liver disease in young children is jaundice, caused by a buildup of bilirubin. Children with this condition also might experience abdominal pain, fever, or abdominal swelling. When the liver becomes scarred, it can lead to liver failure, which is life threatening. Many children with end-stage liver failure are candidates for transplant. The most common reason for liver transplant is biliary atresia.

Our Approach

Specialists at University of Minnesota Medical Center’s Liver Clinic and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital have a national reputation in the treatment of liver diseases, including liver failure and metabolic liver disease. Our full range of care, coupled with leading-edge research, results in superior outcomes for children receiving treatment with us.

When that treatment involves a liver transplant, children receive excellent care at our Transplant Center. Our team of specialists has performed more than 540 pediatric liver transplants since 1964. In 1982, we performed a successful liver transplant on an 11-month-old infant, who has become the world’s longest living pediatric liver recipient. Our living-donor liver transplants have some of the highest success rates in the United States. Our goal is to provide treatments leading to the highest quality of life.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Pediatric Liver Transplant

A liver transplant is a lifesaving option for many young patients with liver disease. The child’s medical condition and quality of life are factors that lead to the decision to remove a diseased or damaged liver and replace it with a healthy donor liver.
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Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a treatment option for adults or children with cancer using drugs that kill cancer cells. Often simply called “chemo,” chemotherapy is a combination of medications designed to destroy cancer cells, cause remission of your cancer or actually cure the cancer.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Radiation Therapy
  • Microwave Ablation
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Kasai Procedure

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