Fulminant hepatic failure secondary to previously unrecognized cardiomyopathy

Scott Wiesen, K. Rajender Reddy, Lennox J. Jeffers, Eugene R. Schiff

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Fulminant hepatic failure is infrequently seen as a consequence of acute congestive heart failure. Recognition of this entity is important as treatment directed towards heart failure should help resolve the liver failure. A case of fulminant hepatic failure due to previously unrecognized cardiomyopathy is presented. A liver transplantation was being considered for fulminant hepatic failure until hemodynamic monitoring studies demonstrated that, in fact, the patient had severe cardiomyopathy. Treatment directed at his cardiomyopathy resolved the liver failure. Therefore, prompt recognition of such a phenomenon would enable early institution of appropriate therapeutic measures with the hope of clinical benefit to the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-204
Number of pages6
JournalDigestive Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995


  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Fulminant hepatic failure
  • Liver transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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