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Care When You Need It Most
Pediatric liver, intestinal or multi-visceral transplants are serious. But in children, the process requires even more care because kids have bodies that are continually experiencing change. Arnold Palmer Hospital coordinates, manages and navigates the many facets of your child’s liver transplant via its Pediatric Liver and Intestinal Transplant Program. In addition, we work in collaboration with transplant centers across the United States to determine the scope and need of your child’s condition.
In the past, we’ve found transplants were appropriate for cases of:
- Biliary atresia
- Autoimmune hepatitis
- Viral hepatitis
- Fulminant hepatic failure
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis
- Metabolic diseases
The Transplant Process
Before and after a transplant takes place, there are a variety of steps to ensure your child receives the care appropriate to their situation. To assist your family through the process, you’ll meet with a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric liver transplant surgeon to:
- Review your child’s medical and family history.
- Have a full physical exam performed on your son or daughter.
- Determine if laboratory testing is necessary (e.g., blood work, liver biopsies).
Depending on need, the process may require multiple appointments and reviews. However, if a liver transplant is deemed appropriate, your family will need to be available to have surgery performed at any time. Why is this the case? Because donated livers are only viable for a short period of time, and you want your child to have the most effective and reliable surgery.
If transplantation does occur, you should expect your child to remain in the Arnold Palmer Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for a few days. After your physician determines enough recovery time has passed, your child will be moved to a general hospital room and sent home at a later date.
Your Child’s Surgery
Want to learn more about liver transplants?
For more information about our pediatric transplant program, please call 321.841.3338.