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Q J Med. 1989 Nov;73(271):1037-43.

Primary sepsis presenting as fulminant hepatic failure.

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Liver Unit, King's College Hospital, London.

Abstract

Four patients who were referred to the Liver Failure Unit with an initial diagnosis of fulminant hepatic failure were found to have severe bacterial infection from a primary septic focus as the cause of their illness. Clinical and biochemical characteristics were not helpful in differentiating these patients from those with hepatic failure from other causes, and only a high degree of suspicion will prevent delay in the diagnosis of underlying sepsis and initiation of appropriate treatment. The possible mechanisms responsible for this uncommon association are discussed.

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