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Int J Artif Organs. 2007 Oct;30(10):906-14.

The curative effect of ALSS on 1-month mortality in AoCLF patients after 72 to 120 hours.

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State Key Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, The First Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.



Hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related acute-on-chronic liver failure (AoCLF) is associated with a high mortality rate. An artificial liver support system (ALSS) creates a better environment for the self-regeneration of retained hepatocytes. AIM AND PATIENTS: We investigated the curative effect of ALSS on 1-month mortality at 72-120 h post-ALSS in 289 AoCLF patients.


Of the 289 patients, 117 who survived for at least 1 month post-ALSS comprised the survival group; the remaining cases who died within 1 month served as controls. The improvements in laboratory data and clinical syndromes at 72-120 h post-ALSS were compared with those at 24 h.


Total bilirubin, international normalized ratio, and creatinine levels, and encephalopathy were significantly improved at 24 h post-ALSS in both the groups (p<0.05); however, these variables showed deterioration at 72-120 h; a rebound occurred in the nonsurvivors (p>0.05). The improvements in these variables in the nonsurvivors were considerably smaller than those in the survivors (p<0.05), particularly at 72-120 h. One-month mortality was more accurately predicted by the logistic regression model at 72-120 h than at 24 h.


The prognosis of AoCLF patients was highly dependent on the improvement in encephalopathy, total bilirubin, international normalized ratio, and creatinine levels at 72-120 h post-ALSS. These variables are useful, therefore, as disease severity indexes to determine organ allocation priorities for liver transplant.

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