Acute fulminant hepatic failure

R. H. Wiesner

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Fulminant hepatic failure is the rapid onset of life-threatening hepatic decompensation in patients who have no previous history of liver disease. This condition has a multifactorial etiology, including viral hepatitis and drug toxicity. At this time there is no specific therapy for FHF. However, early diagnosis and treatment of the complications - in particular, cerebral edema - may prolong survival and prevent irreversible neurologic complications. Once the diagnosis has been made, patients with FHF should promptly be transferred to a specialized liver care unit where liver transplantation is available. Liver transplantation is now the treatment of choice for patients with clinical characteristics suggesting a poor chance of survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1892-1894
Number of pages3
JournalTransplantation proceedings
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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