Cardoso, F.P. et al. Journla of Critical Care. Published online: 19 January 2017
Image shows light microscopy of liver blood vessels
- Outcomes of patients with acute liver failure have been improving, but morbidity and mortality are still of concern.
- Earlier recognition and referral to the intensive care unit have been important to improve these patients’ outcomes.
- Intensive care management should take into consideration hepatic encephalopathy, cerebral edema and intracranial hypertension, hemodynamics, acute kidney injury, coagulopathy, and infection.
- Selection of patients for liver transplantation has been based on prognostic scores (e.g. Kings’ College criteria) but limitations may apply.
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