Liver Biopsy

In December of 2009 Wylder had his first surgery at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Aleck (genetic specialist) ordered a liver biopsy for Wylder to determine what was happening with Wylder’s liver and answer why his enzymes were so elevated.

A liver biopsy is a procedure in which a small needle is inserted into the liver to collect a tissue sample. The tissue is then analyzed in a laboratory to help doctors make a diagnoses.  This is the first time we met Anesthesiologist Dr. Maise whom we have come to trust with most of Wylder’s procedures that involve anesthesia. 

Wylder’s liver tissue came back with foam cells found.  We learned that foam cells are found with Lysosomal storage disease.   This is when we learned that Wylder had some sort of Lysosomal Storage disease.  You can read about different types of Storage Diseases at

File:Gallbladder cholesterolosis intermed mag cropped.jpgFOAM CELL PICTURE

It wasn’t until January 7, 2010 that we learned from Dr. ALeck and Dr. Gerlach ath Wylder’s diagnosis was Niemann Pick Type A from blood work analysed by Dr. Wanger.