Chapter 13. Acute Liver Failure

  1. Suzanne Sargent MSc, PGC (TLHE), BSc (Hons), RGN Lecturer Practitioner
  1. Zebina Ratansi MSc, RGN Senior Nurse

Published Online: 14 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322682.ch13

Liver Diseases: An essential guide for nurses and health care professionals

Liver Diseases: An essential guide for nurses and health care professionals

How to Cite

Ratansi, Z. (2009) Acute Liver Failure, in Liver Diseases: An essential guide for nurses and health care professionals (ed S. Sargent), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322682.ch13

Editor Information

  1. Institute of Liver Studies, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Author Information

  1. Liver Intensive Care Unit, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 22 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405163064

Online ISBN: 9781444322682

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Keywords:

  • Acute liver failure (ALF) or fulminant hepatic failure (FHF);
  • Orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT);
  • upper limit of normal (ULN);
  • systemic vascular resistance (SVR);
  • Hepatic encephalopathy and cerebral oedema;
  • Cerebral monitoring and management of intracranial hypertension;
  • ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP);
  • acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS);
  • positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP);
  • systemic ammatory response syndrome (SIRS)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definition

  • Aetiology

  • Presentation

  • Transfer criteria

  • Disease management

  • Liver transplantation

  • Chapter summary

  • Illustrative case study