What Is Liver Failure?

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  • 1. Gagan K et al. Acute liver failure. Medscape: Drugs and Diseases (2019) https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/177354-overview
  • 2. Mayo Clinic. Diseases and Conditions: Liver Disease. (2020) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/liver-problems/symptoms-causes/syc-20374502
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2. Chronic Liver Failure

Although the complete loss of liver function is a life-threatening event, a progressive liver disease called cirrhosis can lead to a gradual decline in the organ’s health and its ultimate failure. In the U.S., hepatitis C infection causes 26% and excessive alcohol consumption causes 21% of cirrhosis cases.3Wolf, David C. et al. Cirrhosis. Medscape: Drugs and Diseases (2018) https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/185856-overview

Other conditions like autoimmune disorders, certain drugs, and parasites are also associated with cirrhosis. This is a long-term condition and the damage to the liver accumulates over time.

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