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Liver disease in adolescents
  1. Sunitha Vimalesvaran,
  2. Marianne Samyn,
  3. Anil Dhawan
  1. Paediatric Liver, Gastroenterology and Nutrition Centre, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anil Dhawan, Paediatric Liver, Gastroenterology and Nutrition Centre, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, London, UK; anil.dhawan{at}nhs.net

Abstract

In this article, we discuss common liver diseases in the adolescent population. We describe the initial evaluation of an adolescent presenting with new-onset liver enzyme abnormalities, based on the clinical history and physical examination. The management approach to the adolescent with liver disease is exemplified, including monitoring for adherence, risk-taking behaviours and focusing on psychosocial aspects of their care. Finally, we highlight the challenges of caring for the adolescent patient and the importance of addressing not only the liver disease but, more importantly, the holistic approach towards their management.

  • adolescent health
  • paediatrics
  • gastroenterology

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  • Contributors Conceptualisation: AD. Writing—draft preparation: SV and AD. Writing—review and editing: SV, MS and AD.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.