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What is fulminant hepatitis?

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Fulminant hepatitis is when your liver begins to fail very quickly: within days or weeks, depending on the cause. This sudden liver failure can happen in people who previously had stable liver disease or never had liver problems.

You might also hear it called “fulminant hepatic failure” or “acute liver failure.” It can quickly become life-threatening. Get medical attention right away if you or someone you know shows any signs.

From: What Is Fulminant Hepatitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation : “Fulminant hepatic failure: etiology and indications for liver transplantation.”

UpToDate: “Acute liver failure in adults: Etiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis” and “Some drugs, herbal products, and toxins associated with acute liver failure.”

Mayo Clinic: “Acute Liver Failure.”

University of California San Francisco Department of Surgery: “Acute Liver Failure (ALF).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Acute Liver Failure.”

CDC: “Travelers’ Health.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation : “Fulminant hepatic failure: etiology and indications for liver transplantation.”

UpToDate: “Acute liver failure in adults: Etiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis” and “Some drugs, herbal products, and toxins associated with acute liver failure.”

Mayo Clinic: “Acute Liver Failure.”

University of California San Francisco Department of Surgery: “Acute Liver Failure (ALF).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Acute Liver Failure.”

CDC: “Travelers’ Health.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 13, 2018

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