Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2007;50(9):841-847.
Published online September 15, 2007.
Acute liver failure in children
Kyung Mo Kim
Department of Pediatrics, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
소아 급성 간부전의 임상적 의의
울산의대 서울아산병원 소아과
Kyung Mo Kim, Email: kmkim@amc.seoul.kr
Acute liver failure (ALF) is a very rare but devastating illness in children. Specific treatment to recovery is often not available, and the underlying cause of the liver failure is often unknown and diverse especially in children. Liver transplantation has increased the chance of survival; however it needs an optimal timing to reach the best result which is not familiar to pediatrician. This article discusses the current knowledge of the epidemiology, backgrounds and factors to be considered before establishing the treatment of ALF in children.
Key Words: Acute liver failure, Fulminant hepatitis, Liver transplantation

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