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Pediatric Liver Transplant Program

In severe cases of liver disease, a transplant may be necessary. Our surgeons have transplanted livers into infants as small as five pounds, and into adolescents in high school. Our team works closely with the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center to manage the transplant process and long-term care of children and their families.

As the only option for pediatric liver transplants in the state of Maryland, Johns Hopkins provides crucial services and support to our patients and their families. We also have patients who travel internationally to receive care at a leading transplant center with excellent survival rates. We have transplanted livers into infants as small as five pounds, and into adolescents who participate in high school activities.

Patients and their families come to our center to receive treatment for a range of liver diseases including:

  • biliary atresia,
  • autoimmune hepatitis,
  • viral hepatitis,
  • primary sclerosing cholangitis, and
  • and tumors of the liver.

Johns Hopkins is one of 12 NIH-funded centers in the United States to do studies of neonatal liver disease, and we perform all operations in our state-of-the-art Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center. Families are comfortable in private patient rooms with sleeping accommodations for parents and private baths. Laundry and kitchenettes are available on every floor, as well as playrooms. With a tranquil garden setting, a kids-only meditation room, and a Children’s Center Television Studio, children are surrounded by an environment designed for healing.

A Parents’ Guide to Pediatric Liver Transplant is a resource for families of children undergoing liver transplant at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. It will familiarize you with the transplant process, let you know what to expect at each phase and answer many of the questions you may have about liver transplant.

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