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Center for Pediatric Liver Disease

At the Center for Pediatric Liver Disease, a team of physicians, specialty nurses and registered dietitians, headed by Karan Emerick, MD, a pediatric hepatologist with advanced qualifications in pediatric liver transplantation, provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluation for the full spectrum of acute and chronic diseases of the hepatobiliary systems in infants, children and adolescents. The Liver Center offers highly specialized care in partnership with the Pediatric Liver Transplant program at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Conditions treated include:

  • Alagille syndrome
  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Bile acid disorders
  • Biliary atresia
  • Cholestasis
  • Drug-induced liver disease
  • Gallstones
  • Hepatitis A, B, C, and other viruses
  • Liver failure (acute/chronic, with referral for liver transplantation as indicated)
  • Metabolic liver disease (inborn errors of metabolism)
  • Neonatal jaundice
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Portal hypertension
  • Post-liver transplantation care
  • Wilson’s disease

Connecticut Children’s gastroenterologists diagnose liver diseases and their complications using advanced techniques such as liver biopsy, endoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ECRP), Doppler ultrasound, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), and angiography.


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