Liver Failure

Abstract

Liver failure is defined as the syndrome that develops when there is insufficient liver cell mass for the synthetic, metabolic and excretory functions of the liver to maintain normal body homeostasis.

Keywords: liver; failure; cirrhosis; ascites; encephalopathy; coagulation

Further Reading

Jones EA (1996) Hepatocellular failure. In: Weatherall DJ, Ledingham JGG and Warrell DA (eds) Oxford Textbook of Medicine, 3rd edn, pp. 2100–2111. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sherlock S and Dooley J (1997) Diseases of the Liver and Biliary System, 10th edn. Oxford: Blackwell Science.

Sherlock S and Summerfield JA (1991) A Colour Atlas of Liver Disease, 2nd edn. London: Mosby.

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Summerfield, John A(Apr 2001) Liver Failure. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002137]