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Rapid liver function loss, occurring within a short timeframe of days or weeks and typically in individuals without a preexisting liver condition, is referred to as acute liver failure. This condition is most frequently instigated by factors such as hepatitis viruses or specific drugs, including acetaminophen. It's important to note that acute liver failure is less prevalent than the more gradual onset of chronic liver failure.
Also known as fulminant hepatic failure, acute liver failure can lead to severe complications, such as bleeding and elevated pressure within the brain. This situation constitutes a medical emergency, necessitating immediate hospitalization.
The potential for reversing acute liver failure largely depends on the underlying cause. In some cases, prompt treatment can reverse the condition. However, in many instances, a liver transplant may be the sole curative option.
For more information about Liver Failure, click here.
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