Acute Liver Failure is a rare condition. It is the rapid loss of liver function that occurs in days or weeks. This condition may not necessarily occur in those who have a pre-existing liver condition. Acute Liver Failure is not as common as Chronic Liver Failure.
Acute Liver Failure can cause serious complications such as excessive bleeding and increasing pressure on the brain. As Acute Liver Failure is a medical emergency, it requires hospitalization. In many situations, a liver transplant may be the only for Acute Liver Failure.
Some of the signs and symptoms of acute liver failure are:
Some of the complications of liver failure are:
Some of the tests and procedures of Acute Liver Failure include:
Those with Acute Liver Failure are more commonly treated in the intensive care unit of a medical facility. Some of the treatments include:
When the acute liver failure can't be reversed through medication, the patient may require a liver transplant. In a liver transplant, the surgeon removes the damaged liver with a healthy liver from a deceased donor, or parts of a healthy liver from a living donor.
Sometimes acute liver failure can be caused due to acetaminophen overdose. This can be treated with acetylcysteine medication. This medication is also used to treat other causes of acute liver failure. Mushroom poisoning and other types of poisoning can also be treated with medicinal drugs.
To control the signs and symptoms of acute liver failure, the doctor may prevent those complications through screening for Infections, preventing severe bleeding and relieving pressure caused by excessive fluid in the brain.