Acute Liver Failure, Causes, Symptoms, Treatment – Agrawal Gastrocare Center Indore
Acute Liver Failure
Acute liver failure is a medical condition that occurs when the liver suddenly stops working properly, usually within a few days or weeks. It is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.
Diagnosing acute liver failure involves a physical exam, blood tests, imaging tests such as ultrasound or MRI, and a liver biopsy in some cases.
Preventing acute liver failure involves avoiding certain medications or substances that can be toxic to the liver, getting vaccinated against viral hepatitis, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting alcohol intake.
Acute liver failure is a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of acute liver failure, See your doctor right away. With early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, the chances of recovery can be improved.
Symptoms of Acute Liver Failure
Symptoms of acute liver failure may include
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice),
- Abdominal pain and swelling,
- Nausea and vomiting, confusion,
- Severe cases, coma.
- Sense of feeling unwell
- The breath may have a musty or sweet smell
Causes of Acute Liver Failure
- Acute liver failure can be caused by a variety of factors, including alcohol overdose, viral hepatitis, autoimmune diseases, metabolic disorders, genetic conditions, or some of the medicine’s side effects.
- Drug overdose is a common cause of acute liver failure. Other medications and recreational drugs can also cause liver damage.
- Viral hepatitis, including hepatitis A, B, and C, can cause acute liver failure, especially if left untreated or if the infection becomes chronic.
Treatment of Acute Liver Failure
The treatment for acute liver failure depends on the underlying cause and the severity of the condition. In some cases, hospitalization is necessary, and a liver transplant may be required. Medications and other therapies may be used to manage symptoms and prevent complications.
Other treatments may include intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration, management of complications like bleeding and infections, and nutritional support. Close monitoring and follow-up care are crucial to ensure the best possible outcome.