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The Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital is one of the most experienced and innovative programs in the United States. Babies and children from throughout the Midwest — and even around the world — come to Comer Children’s for this complex procedure and for comprehensive care before, during and after transplantation.
Liver transplantation is a suitable treatment for children with a broad range of liver disorders. Some of these problems become evident within a few days or months after a baby is born, so many of the transplants we perform are for babies and toddlers.
Diagnoses that may signal the need for a liver transplant include:
The liver is the only solid organ that can regenerate. That means surgeons can transplant a small segment of a donor’s liver (small enough to fit the baby or child), and the new liver will grow as the child grows. Segmental transplants can use liver tissue from living or deceased donors.
This is the most traditional approach to liver transplantation. A whole organ transplant uses the entire liver from a recently deceased donor. The donor’s liver must be small enough to fit the recipient.
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