A child with acute liver failure associated with influenza A and resolved with plasma exchange treatment

Ufuk Yükselmiş, Saniye Girit, Yakup Çağ, Mustafa Özçetin
  • Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine, February 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1024907918754441

Acute liver failure associated with influenza A and resolved with plasma exchange.

What is it about?

Although liver support systems play a major role as a bridge to transplantation, they may sometimes serve as a lifesaving treatment eliminating this need.We report on a 4-year-old boy who developed acute liver failure due to an influenza A (H3N2) infection as confirmed by clinical and laboratory data. Acute supportive treatment with plasma exchange proved to be life-saving in our case.

Why is it important?

Despite our meticulous inquiry into our case as well as into reported cases in the literature, we could not elucidate the exact mechanism by which influenza A (H3N2) causes acute organ failure such as liver failure. Nonetheless, acute supportive treatment with plasma exchange proved to be life-saving and obviated the need for transplantation in our case.

Perspectives

Mustafa Ozcetin
Istanbul Universitesi

Acute supportive treatment with plasma exchange proved to be life-saving in acute liver failure associated with influenza A .

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1024907918754441

The following have contributed to this page: Mustafa Ozcetin and Yakup Cag