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Crit Care Clin. 2008 Jan;24(1):99-114, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2007.11.001.

Brain edema in acute liver failure.

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  • Division of Hepatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60610, USA. a-blei@northwestern.edu


Acute liver failure (ALF) is a syndrome of rapidly deteriorating liver function that manifests as coagulopathy and encephalopathy in a previously healthy individual. This article analyzes the repercussions of ALF on the brain through a discussion of special features of this syndrome, important for the interpretation of neurologic findings. Of particular interest within the context of ALF are hepatic encephalopathy and the pathogenesis of brain edema in acute liver failure as well as its clinical and therapeutic aspects.

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