Exchange blood transfusion for acute hepatic failure: its limited availability depending on the type of injury in rats.

The efficacy of exchange blood transfusion for acute hepatic failure was evaluated using rats. Rats receiving a dose of carbon tetrachloride died later than 24 h after dosing. When their blood was replaced with blood from normal rats at 24 h, survival time was prolonged, and hepatic protein synthesis was enhanced at 36 h with improved prothrombin time (PT… (More)