How does Children's Hospital Colorado treat hepatitis C?
Some children with hepatitis C spontaneously clear the virus without treatment. The virus infection often becomes chronic, and can cause liver scarring (cirrhosis) over the years or increase the risk of liver cancer. People with other underlying liver disease also have a higher risk of complications if also infected with hepatitis C.
Children's Colorado also offers all currently available medical therapies for children with chronic hepatitis C infection. In addition, the liver specialists conduct clinical trials of investigational therapies for chronic hepatitis C. Currently available therapies are usually given for 6-12 months. The liver specialist will decide with you if and when medical therapy is indicated.
Why choose Children's Colorado for hepatitis treatment?
The Digestive Health Institute is consistently ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for treatment of digestive disorders. We are one of the only Pediatric Liver Centers in the nation that has six board-certified hepatologists (liver specialists), as well as a nationally-recognized Infectious Disease team with expertise in infectious hepatitis.