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1

What 3 types of liver failure are there?

Acute
Chronic
Fulminant

2

What is fulminant liver failure?

A clinical syndrome resulting from massive necrosis of liver cells leading to impairment of function

Development of encephalopathy within 8 weeks

3

List some causes of liver failure?

Infections

Drugs

Toxins

Vascular disorders

Alcohol

Metabolic liver disorders

Malignancy

4

Clinical features of liver failure?

Jaundice
Hepatic encephalopathy
Fetor hepaticus: smell of pear drops

Signs of chronic liver disease:
- varices
- palmar erythema
- nails go white

5

What should you be on the lookout for in patients with liver failure?

Sepsis
Hypoglycaemia
GI bleeds
Encephalopathy