The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 73–79 | Cite as

Acute liver failure

  • N. K. Arora
  • P. Mathur
  • A. Ahuja
  • A. Oberoi
Symposium on Advances in Pediatrics-I


Acute liver failure in children is associated with a high mortality. Most cases in our setup are due to water borne hepatotropic viruses HAV and HEV. The clinician must be aware of the earliest and the subtle signs of acute liver failure to identify cases early enough and institute supportive therapy. Focus of therapy has to be on prevention, early recognition and appropriate management of complications. Despite good intensive care, about 40–60% children with liver failure die. As and when liver transplantation becomes available in India, it would be an attractive option

Key words

Acute liver failure Etiology Management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, Department of PediatricsAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia

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