Improving survival from childhood liver disease
It is very important for children with severe liver disease to get the right nutrients from their diet. Because their livers are not working properly, these children are at risk of malnutrition, which not only affects growth and development, but is also a big factor determining the success of transplantation – the main treatment for serious liver disease.
During the 1990s, an Action Medical Research Training Fellow at Birmingham Children’s Hospital investigated the provision of a special diet to help avoid malnutrition. This enabled children with severe liver disease to experience not only more normal growth and development, but potentially a more successful outcome should they undergo a liver transplant.
This research formed the basis of what is now an accepted treatment for children with liver disease.