Fulminant Hepatic Failure

  • Paul Ellis Marik


Fulminant hepatic failure (FHF) also known as acute liver failure is defined as the development of impaired hepatic synthetic function with coagulopathy and the development of hepatic encephalopathy in the absence of underlying liver disease within a time period of 2–3 months. This condition is uncommon but not rare, affecting approximately 2,000 cases annually in the United States with a mortality ranging 50–90% despite intensive care therapy.1


International Normalize Ratio Hepatic Encephalopathy Cerebral Edema Intracranial Hypertension Acute Liver Failure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care MedicineEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA

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