Genetic/Metabolic Diseases of the Liver
What are genetic/metabolic diseases of the liver?
There are many types of genetic/metabolic diseases of the liver. These include conditions such as Wilson disease, GALD, fatty acid oxidation defects, glycogen storage deficiencies, galactosemia, lipid storage diseases, tyrosinemia and urea cycle disorders and peroxisomal disorders.
The liver is responsible for processing carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Due to certain genetic disorders, a child’s liver may be unable to process these nutrients and the byproducts they produce can cause diseases in the liver.
At The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, children with genetic and metabolic diseases of the liver are treated by hepatologists and gastroenterologists in the Biesecker Pediatric Liver Center and the Division of Gastroenterology (GI), Hepatology and Nutrition.