What is the role of blood cultures 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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Most patients with acute liver failure develop infection during or before hospitalization. Patients are at risk of catheter sepsis and complications from all other invasive procedures. Fungal infections are common, most likely as a result of decreased host resistance and antibiotic treatment. [41]

Infection may be associated with bacteremia. Early identification and treatment of bacteremia is important because the mortality from fulminant hepatic failure increases significantly with the development of this serious complication.


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