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Keywords:

  • hemolytic anemia;
  • acute liver failure;
  • plasmapheresis;
  • continuous veno-venous hemodialysis;
  • molecular adsorbents and recirculating system

Abstract

Wilsonian crisis is fatal unless copper removal is initiated early and liver transplantation is performed for patients that fulfill criteria for a poor outcome. We report a patient presenting with severe hemolysis and impending acute liver failure that made a rapid recovery with prompt initiation of plasmapheresis and chelation therapy. Rapid copper removal by plasmapheresis alleviated hemolysis and liver injury. A review of the literature was performed examining the use of plasmapheresis and albumin dialysis with continuous veno-venous hemodialysis or molecular adsorbents and recirculating system. J. Clin. Apheresis, 2007. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.