Liver Disease Program

At Children's Wisconsin, our Liver Disease and Transplant Program provides comprehensive and compassionate care for kids. We have a strong track record in successfully managing both common and rare liver disorders.

*Please note: In response to provider transitions in leadership and donor surgeon availability, we have voluntarily inactivated our liver transplant program as of 10/31/22.*

To provide the most effective and comprehensive care for kids, our multi-disciplinary team of pediatric liver experts include hepatologists, nurse practitioners, dietitians, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, radiologists, social workers and transplant surgeons. This team is led by Grzegorz W Telega, MD.

We understand that a liver disease diagnosis can be stressful and challenging for families, and we work quickly to develop an accurate diagnosis and support your child and family with information, understanding and compassion. We use a team approach to provide education, support, and ongoing disease management.

Conditions we treat

Our entire team has vast experience treating liver disorders. That includes nurses who specialize in liver disease, dietitians who frequently work with children who have liver disorders, social workers who can help navigate insurance and school issues, pharmacists who are knowledgeable of how liver disease affects the metabolism of medications and who can help manage any potential drug interactions, and radiologists who have special training.

Diagnosing and treating Liver Disease

We'll work together to create a customized treatment plan depending on your child's particular liver disorder. If your child's medical history and symptoms are consistent with liver disease, your child's doctor might use the following tests to confirm the diagnosis:

  • Blood tests
  • Biopsy
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Fibroscan: Fibroscan is a non-invasive test that helps assess the health of your child's liver. Specifically, it uses ultrasound technology to determine the degree of fibrosis or scarring that may be present in the liver from various liver diseases or conditions. This information is then used by your child's gastroenterologist to individualize and optimize the treatment plan. For some patients, Fibroscan can replace liver biopsy.

We'll work together to create a customized treatment plan for your child. Depending on your child's particular liver disorder, it could include:

  • Dietary management
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Medications
  • Surgical treatments to repair bile ducts
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To make an appointment, call our Central Scheduling team or request an appointment online.

(877) 607-5280

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