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Liver Failure, Acute MeSH Descriptor Data 2023

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Liver Failure, Acute
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A form of rapid-onset LIVER FAILURE, also known as fulminant hepatic failure, caused by severe liver injury or massive loss of HEPATOCYTES. It is characterized by sudden development of liver dysfunction and JAUNDICE. Acute liver failure may progress to exhibit cerebral dysfunction even HEPATIC COMA depending on the etiology that includes hepatic ISCHEMIA, drug toxicity, malignant infiltration, and viral hepatitis such as post-transfusion HEPATITIS B and HEPATITIS C.
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Acute Hepatic Failure
Acute Liver Failure
Fulminant Hepatic Failure
Fulminating Hepatic Failure
Fulminating Liver Failure
Hepatic Failure, Acute
Hepatic Failure, Fulminant
Liver Failure, Fulminant
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WI 712
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Hepatic Encephalopathy (1967-1992)
Hepatitis, Toxic (1969-1992)
Liver Diseases (1966-1992)
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Liver Failure, Acute Preferred
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