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Status of Artificial Liver Support: 1977

  • Paul D. Berk

Abstract

From the title of this symposium and the distribution of papers, one might mistakenly conclude that artificial liver and artificial kidney development were proceeding in parallel. In fact, progress in these two areas is decades apart. Artificial kidney devices are a standard form of therapy which is currently sustaining the lives of more than 20,000 people in the United States alone (1). In contrast, the sum total of all patients in hepatic failure ever treated with any experimental hepatic support device appears to be approximately 200. Moreover, analysis of the available data on the minority of survivors leaves uncertain the extent to which the devices employed contributed to their recovery.

Keywords

Hepatic Encephalopathy Hepatic Failure Fulminant Hepatic Failure Hepatic Coma Acute Hepatic Failure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul D. Berk
    • 1
  1. 1.Section on Diseases of the Liver, National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism and Digestive DiseasesNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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