Non–Intensive Care Unit Management of Acute Liver Failure

Andres F. Carrion, Paul Martin

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Acute liver failure (ALF) is an uncommon syndrome with a highly variable and unpredictable clinical course. The initial diagnostic evaluation is typically performed in a non–intensive care unit (ICU) setting, like the emergency department or general hospital ward. Prompt restoration of intravascular volume with intravenous fluids and correction of electrolyte, metabolic, and acid-base disturbances are important initial interventions in the management of ALF and can be safely accomplished in non-ICU settings in many patients. Similarly, therapies such as administration of N-acetylcysteine for acetaminophen-induced ALF and other cause-specific interventions can also be administered in non-ICU settings, thus minimizing delay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-401
Number of pages13
JournalClinics in liver disease
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2018


  • Acute liver failure
  • Emergency department
  • Hospital ward
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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