A liver transplant recipient gazes at Pediatric Transplant Chief Jeffery Lowell, MD, during a follow-up visit.
A Washington University surgeon performed the first pediatric kidney transplant at St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) in 1964, and a kidney transplant program was initiated at the hospital in 1970. Washington University transplant surgeons established a liver transplant program at SLCH in 1985.
Over the last several decades, research and surgical innovations developed by Washington University transplant surgeons have dramatically improved the outlook for pediatric renal patients. In the area of liver disease, transplant surgeons work closely with liver specialists at SLCH to treat a wide array of conditions. These include biliary atresia, liver failure, liver tumors (cancers), cystic fibrosis, metabolic diseases (in-born errors of metabolism), alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis, tyrosinemia, Alagille's syndrome and Wilson's disease.
Both programs treat a significant number of infants — children who are less than one year of age.
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