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Division of Hepatology

We provide medical services for children with primary and secondary disorders of the liver and bile ducts. We also make every effort to protect patients’ quality of life.

Medical services

Our department is comprised of pediatricians certified by the Board of Pediatricians and the Japan Pediatric Society, and hepatologists certified by the Japan Society of Hepatology who assess and treat patients. We also
collaborate with other departments in the management and care of patients.

Diagnosis and treatment policy

Rights of our patients are important to us. We evaluate the liver and recommend various treatment options to our patients and their families.

Specialties

We specialize in the management of hepatobiliary disorders such as biliary atresia, neonatal hepatitis, acute or chronic liver failure, acute or chronic hepatitis, and provide treatment and prevention of vertical transmission of the hepatitis viruses. In particular, we work together with a leading surgeon in pediatric liver transplantation. To date, our surgeon has carried out the highest number of successful pediatric liver transplantations in the world.

Target diseases

Cholestatic disease, biliary atresia, neonatal hepatitis, Alagille syndrome, neonatal intrahepatic cholestasis caused by citrin deficiency (NICCD), hepatitis type A, B, C, D, E, acute or chronic viral hepatitis, autoimmune
hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, drug-induced liver injury, cirrhosis, liver failure, hepatobiliary disease with genetic variation, fatty liver, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), liver dysfunction with metabolic diseases, liver dysfunction due to total parenteral nutrition (TPN) involving intestinal failure associated with liver disease, liver dysfunction of unknown origin, and other rare disorders.

Advanced/specialized treatments

Diagnosis of cholestatic diseases by genetic methods, protection and treatment against vertical transmission of hepatitis B virus, treatment of hepatitis C with pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) and anti-viral agents, and treatment of cholestatic disease due to total parenteral nutrition (TPN ) or unknown origin.

Frequently performed tests

Ultrasonography, hepatobiliary scintigraphy, liver biopsy, genetic examination.