HepatologyPediatric liver diseaseThompson, Richard MRCP, MRCPCHAuthor Information Department of Child Health, Guy’s, King’s, and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine, King’s College Hospital, London, United Kingdom Correspondence to Richard Thompson, MRCP, MRCPCH, Department of Child Health, Guy’s, King’s, and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine, King’s College Hospital, London SE5 9RS, UK Current Opinion in Gastroenterology: May 2000 - Volume 16 - Issue 3 - p 271-274 Buy SDC Abstract Pediatric hepatology is no different than any other pediatric speciality. The prime objective is either to cure disease or to minimize its impact on the child. The result will be that children with chronic liver disease will become adults with chronic liver disease, and the long-term follow-up of pediatric liver disease will pass out of the hands of pediatricians. For this to happen effectively, continuous reappraisal of outcome data will be required to optimize treatment at all stages. It will also become important for physicians in adult practice to follow the progress being made in the management of pediatric liver disease. © 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.