Epidemiology of acute liver failure

  title={Epidemiology of acute liver failure},
  author={Mouen A. Khashab and Alfred Joseph Tector and Paul Yien Kwo},
  journal={Current Gastroenterology Reports},
Acute liver failure (ALF) is an uncommon disorder that leads to jaundice, coagulopathy, and multisystem organ failure. Its definition is based on the timing from onset of jaundice to encephalopathy. In 2005, ALF accounted for 6% of liver-related deaths and 7% of orthotopic liver transplants (OLT) in the United States. Several classification systems have been developed for ALF, with the King’s College criteria most widely used for prediction of OLT. Specific diagnostic tests should be… 

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