Introduction: Liver diseases significantly impact
children's morbidity and mortality, with non-alcoholic
fatty liver disease (NAFLD) becoming more prevalent.
Geographical heterogeneity in etiology varies, with
hepatitis virus being the primary cause in South East
Asia. Biliary abnormalities like biliary atresia can
manifest as chronic liver disease in children with
cirrhosis and portal hypertension. In developing
countries, metabolic illnesses causing chronic liver
disease have not been thoroughly studied.
Methods: Our hospital is a tertiary care facility in a
large urban centre and serves as the referral centre.
Cases admitted from August 2006 to August 2008 were
analyzed and follow up was done. The dates of the onset
of illness, fulfillment of diagnostic criteria, diagnosis and
treatment all were noted.Conclusion: Chronic liver disease is suspected in
children with persistent jaundice, abdominal distension,
and hepatomegaly, with high risk groups being infants
and older children. High incidence of metabolic liver
diseases in children is due to referrals from smaller
hospitals. Early diagnosis, genetic counseling, and non-
transplant options are crucial for better treatment.
Keywords : Disease, Chronic, Jaundice, Diagnosis, Treatmnent.