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Acute Liver Failure

How is Acute Liver Failure Diagnosed?

Physical assessment by a healthcare professional, along with blood tests to determine liver function will be performed. Also, when the liver fails, blood doesn’t clot as quickly as it should, therefore a prothrombin time test may be performed to measure how quickly the blood clots.

In cases where the patient may be incapacitated, family members and close friends will need to assist medical personnel in providing patient history.

Finally, examination of liver tissue (biopsy) may also be performed to determine why the liver is failing.

Mayo Clinic “Acute Liver Failure” http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/liver-failure/DS00961. Retrieved May 20, 2011

Medscape “Diagnosis and Management of Acute Liver Failure” http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/720697_3. Retrieved May 20, 2011

Palmer, M.D., Melissa. Dr. Melissa Palmer’s Guide to Hepatitis & Liver Disease. New York: Avery Trade, 2004.

U.S. National Library of Medicine NIH National Institutes of Health “Acute liver failure caused by 'fat burners' and dietary supplements: a case report and literature review” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21499580. Retrieved May 20, 2011

U.S. National Library of Medicine NIH National Institutes of Health “Influence of high body mass index on outcome in acute liver failure” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16996806. Retrieved May 20, 2011

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