Acute liver failure: A management challenge for the practicing gastroenterologist

Dawn McDowell Torres, Robert D. Stevens, Ahmet Gurakar*

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Although comprising a minority of the transplant population, acute liver failure (ALF) patients represent some of the most challenging cases in terms of the level and complexity of care required. An ALF patient requires much more than a single skilled intensivist, gastroenterologist, or surgeon. Successful care of the ALF patient begins with early diagnosis and triage to the appropriate level of care where a multitude of specialties are required to work together to maximize the chance of recovery and/or extend the window of opportunity for transplant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-450
Number of pages7
JournalGastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Acetaminophen
  • Acute liver failure
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Hepatitis
  • Liver transplant


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