Acute liver failure may suddenly occur. Since the liver is so intricately involved in so many vital metabolic functions, toxins can rapidly develop in the blood. These toxin can affect any organ, in particularly the brain.
Causes of Acute Liver Failure
Acute liver failure may be due to acute viral hepatitis. Drug induced damage, such as occurs with excessive doses of acetaminophen (tylenol), can also cause liver failure. Some wild mushrooms lead to rapid and irreversible liver damage when they are eaten.
Signs and Symptoms of Acute Liver Failure
The clinical symptoms caused by acute liver failure markedly impact the brain. They can develop within several hours, or may slowly occur over several days. The symptoms include impaired memory, confusion and agitation. As the condition worsens, drowsiness and stupor may eventually give rise to coma and death.
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Medical Content Last Updated on 07/12/2008
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