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Learning that your child has end-stage liver disease and is in need of a liver transplant can be scary and stressful, but Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Children's Hospital is here to provide medical and emotional support throughout your child's journey. One of the most experienced liver transplant teams in the Carolinas, we evaluate your child to determine the treatment plan that best fits their needs, then partner with you and your child to deliver advanced care from start to finish of the transplant process.

Conditions Leading to Pediatric Liver Transplant

Some liver diseases can be effectively treated with medication. When that's not possible, a liver transplant is an alternative. These diseases most commonly lead to a liver transplant:

  • Acute liver failure
  • Alagille syndrome
  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Biliary atresia
  • Glycogen storage disorder
  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Progressive familial cholestasis
  • Urea cycle defects
  • Wilson's disease

Pediatric Liver Transplant Process

We begin the liver transplant process by performing medical, physical and psychosocial evaluations of your child. After all necessary testing is complete, your child is placed on the national waiting list. After a liver becomes available and your child has transplant surgery, they recover in our pediatric intensive care unit and receive follow-up care before transitioning into long-term management.

Every step of the way, our team of doctors, surgeons, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, child life specialists and staff work with you and your family to make sure you get the care and resources you need.