Acute Liver Failure

Below you will find more information about Acute Liver Failure from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Acute Liver Failure it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Acute Liver Failure and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Acute Liver Failure comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Acute liver failure is considered a serious medical emergency that typically occurs when the liver rapidly loses the ability to function. This medical condition gradually develops through the years due to some factors such as alcohol abuse and hepatitis virus. This condition requires immediate medical attention since lack of treatment can prove to be highly fatal

Diagnosis

The signs and symptoms are the primary basis of a liver failure. Supporting tests to be conducted include blood tests, imaging tests, and electronencephalogram that measures brain activity. A liver biopsy may also be required.

Treatment

Initial treatment includes giving an antidote to reverse poisoning, screening for possible infections, and prevention of sever bleeding. This condition may require a liver transplant, which is a rather complex and lengthy surgical procedure with risks of infection, bleeding and death.

Symptoms and Signs

There are a number of symptoms that can be detected before an acute liver failure occurs. This includes the yellowing of the eyeballs and skin, as well as the tenderness felt in the right upper part of the abdomen. Other symptoms can also include sleepiness, muscle tremors, as well as disorientation and delirium.

Causes

There are a number of causes of liver failure include drug abuse, hepatitis A and B virus, toxins and other autoimmune and vascular diseases. Cancer and metabolic disease can also be the underlying cause of a liver failure.

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