My 8 year old has had 8 months of blood work and they all came back elevated liver enzymes and now the doctor called today stating they think she has non alcoholic liver disease and they want to do a liver biopsy this week just to confirm. So what is next after the liver biopsy. What can I do to help my daughter. I don't see my daughter as over weight but the specialist do. She had a bone age x-ray done and it showed her bone age as 11 but they are still going off her weight of an 8 year old. If anyone can help me understand all of this.
Hello Misti30 and warm welcome to DC
I hope that you and your daughter are well. This must be a worrying time for you and your family, but once a diagnosis is established a plan of care can be initiated. I was a former RN but did not specialise in paediatrics (Children), however I do have some knowledge about Liver Disease (LD). There are many types of LD, over 100 different types, many you might of herd of. The term disease sounds rather alarming. It means a disorder of an organ in the body that affects its function. Due to the tests that your daughter has had and based on the results, the doctors feel that her liver has a disease and they now need to establish which one she has. They need to do a biopsy (take a small amount of liver tissue) in order to do this. Once they have made a firm diagnosed then they will discuss treatment options with you and your daughter. With regards to the doctor’s decision to base your daughters’ treatment according to her age rather than physical structure I cannot comment. However you can ask them to explain this to you. Most doctors and nurses don’t mind explaining things at all. They appreciate that this situation can be very stressful for all the family and that it can be difficult to process all the information that they tell you. I wish you and your daughter well for next week.
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