Hepatic Fibrosis, Congenital

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Synonyms

  • CHF

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis (CHF) is a rare disease that affects both the liver and kidneys. The patient is born with this disorder (congenital), and it is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait. The typical liver abnormalities are an enlarged liver (hepatomegaly), increased pressure in the venous system that carries blood from different organs to the liver (portal hypertension), and fiber-like connective tissue that spreads over and through the liver (hepatic fibrosis), often referred to as hepatic lesions. Gastrointestinal (stomach and intestines) bleeding is frequently an early sign of this condition. Affected individuals also have impaired renal function, usually caused, in children and teenagers, by an autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD). Impaired renal function associated with CHF in adults is caused by an autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD).

The relationship of ARPKD to CHF is the subject of substantial controversy. Some clinicians suggest that the two conditions represent one disorder with a range of clinical/pathological presentations.

Supporting Organizations

ARPKD/CHF Alliance

PO Box 70
Kirkwood, PA 17536
USA
Tel: (717)529-5555
Fax: (800)807-9110
Tel: (800)708-8892
Email: info@arpkdchf.org
Website: http://www.arpkdchf.org

American Kidney Fund, Inc.

11921 Rockville Pike
Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852
USA
Tel: (800)638-8299
Email: helpline@kidneyfund.org
Website: http://www.kidneyfund.org

American Liver Foundation

39 Broadway, Suite 2700
New York, NY 10006
USA
Fax: (212)483-8179
Tel: (800)465-4837
Email: http://www.liverfoundation.org/contact/
Website: http://www.liverfoundation.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

NIH/National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse

3 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3580
Fax: (703)738-4929
Tel: (800)891-5390
Email: nkudic@info.niddk.nih.gov
Website: http://www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov/

National Kidney Foundation

30 East 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212)889-2210
Fax: (212)689-9261
Tel: (800)622-9010
Email: info@kidney.org
Website: http://www.kidney.org

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Last Updated:  1/20/1970
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