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Acute Liver Failure

Acute liver failure (ALF) occurs when many of the cells in the liver die or become very damaged in a short period of time. This causes the liver to fail to work normally, and as a result, patients may develop a change in level of alertness or even coma. Because this condition develops so fast, getting care quickly is critical. Acute liver failure in children is rare.  
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Causes of Acute Liver Failure

Signs and Symptoms of Acute Liver Failure

Diagnosis of Acute Liver Failure

Treatment for Acute Liver Failure

Long-Term Outlook

Last Updated: 10/2012