Types of Childhood Liver Disease


There are approximately 100 liver diseases that may affect children. Information on the major childhood liver diseases can be found by following the links below. Information booklets on each of these diseases can be downloaded from the CLDF website.


Australian families should be aware that some investigations, treatments and medications mentioned in the CLDF booklets may differ from practise in Australia and you should always discuss your individual treatment program with your own specialist medical team.


Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of liver disease can vary greatly between individuals and between the 100 different liver diseases which can affect children and young people. This is one reason liver disease can be hard to diagnose. However below is a list of some of the main indicators of liver disease in children:


Major Childhood Liver Diseases

Alagille Syndrome

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

Autoimmune Disease

Biliary Atresia

Choledochal Cyst

Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis (CHF)

Cystic Fibrosis and Liver Disease

Hepatitis A

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC) Information about PFIC is also available here

Wilson's Disease