Liver Diseases

Some liver diseases can be treated. But when a child reaches or will soon reach end-stage liver disease, or liver failure, liver transplant is the treatment of choice.

Learn more about liver failure.

Liver Diseases That Can Lead to Liver Failure

Acute liver failure

  • Fulminant hepatic failure
  • Acute hepatitis, including infectious A, B and C viruses

Chronic liver failure

  • Chronic hepatitis B and C
  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
  • Biliary atresia
  • Cirrhosis
  • Cystic fibrosis liver disease
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis


  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma

Metabolic disorders

  • Familial intrahepatic cholestasis
  • Wilson's disease
  • Glycogen storage disease
  • Many others