Cirrhosis of the liver, especially the atrophic type, is a rare disease in children, and for this reason is of sufficient interest to justify reports. Sutton,1 in 1930, recorded the thirteenth case of nonalcoholic primary atrophic cirrhosis of the liver in a child. It has been estimated by Morse2 that one of every 20,000 children may have one of the various types of cirrhosis. However, autopsy statistics on this same number might reveal a higher incidence.
The same forms of cirrhosis that one finds in adults are noted in juveniles, with the addition of a few that are peculiar to children and infants alone. The majority of the cases quoted in the literature have been multilobular, biliary obstructive or syphilitic in nature. The first type, multilobular or alcoholic cirrhosis, is noted more often among foreign children, and is thought to be the result of the early use of
BRIDGEMAN ML, ROBERTSON TD. FAMILIAL JUVENILE CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER. Am J Dis Child. 1932;43(5_PART_I):1155-1161. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950050107010