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If detected early enough, acute liver failure caused by an overdose of acetaminophen can sometimes be treated and its effects reversed. Likewise, if a virus causes liver failure, supportive care can be given at a hospital to treat the symptoms until the virus runs its course. In these cases, the liver will sometimes recover on its own.  

For liver failure that is the result of long-term deterioration, the initial treatment goal may be to save whatever part of the liver is still functioning. If this is not possible, then a liver transplant is required. Fortunately, liver transplant is a common procedure that is often successful.

From: What Is Liver Failure? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: American Liver Foundation.


 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

SOURCE: American Liver Foundation.


 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

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