Acute liver failure.

  title={Acute liver failure.},
  author={Randall Gill and Richard Keith Sterling},
  journal={Journal of clinical gastroenterology},
  volume={33 3},
Acute liver failure (ALF) is defined as hepatic encephalopathy complicating acute liver injury. The most common etiologies are acute viral hepatitis A and B, medication overdose (e.g., acetaminophen), idiosyncratic drug reactions, ingestion of other toxins (e.g., amanita mushroom poisoning), and metabolic disorders (e.g., Reye's syndrome). Despite advances in intensive care management, mortality continues to be high (40-80%) and is partly related to ALF's complications, such as cerebral edema… CONTINUE READING
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