The liver filters harmful items from the blood and helps your body process food. It also makes important proteins that helps the blood cells clot and fight infections. Failure is the gradual or sudden loss of liver function. It may be:
Acute liver failure—the sudden loss of liver function
Chronic liver failure—the loss of liver function over time
Acute liver failure can occur after poisoning. A common cause is the improper use of certain medicine like acetaminophen and herbal supplements. It may also be caused by a virus that attacks the liver.
Chronic liver failure is often due to other medical conditions such as:
Acute liver failure. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hepatic-and-biliary-disorders/approach-to-the-patient-with-liver-disease/acute-liver-failure. Updated January 2018. Accessed April 3, 2018.
Liver failure. Patient website. Available at: https://patient.info/doctor/liver-failure. Updated March 12, 2014. Accessed April 3, 2018.
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