What is the role of serum bilirubin measurement in the evaluation of acute liver failure (ALF)?

Updated: Jun 13, 2019
  • Author: Gagan K Sood, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Serum bilirubin

By definition, the serum bilirubin level should be elevated in fulminant hepatic failure. It climbs as hepatic dysfunction worsens. A serum bilirubin level that is elevated to greater than 4 mg/dL suggests a poor prognosis in the setting of acetaminophen poisoning.


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