Topics Discussed: gastroenterology and hepatology; hepatic encephalopathy; hypertension, portal; liver failure; liver failure, acute.
Sections: Pathogenesis, Clinical Presentation, Chronic Liver Failure and Portal Hypertension, Diagnosis, Treatment and Management, References.
Excerpt:"Acute liver failure (ALF) is a rare but devastating result of
hepatic necrosis in previously healthy individuals. Hepatic function
rapidly declines within days to weeks and is often complicated by coagulopathy,
hepatic encephalopathy (HE), hypoglycemia, acute renal failure,
sepsis, and gastrointestinal bleeding. These complications can lead
to death with mortality rates up to 40% in the United States.1..."
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