What is the role of moderate hypothermia in the treatment of acute liver failure (ALF)?

Updated: Jun 13, 2019
  • Author: Gagan K Sood, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Moderate hypothermia (32-34°C) may prevent or control ICH in patients with acute liver failure. An external cooling blanket may be used to achieve this goal. Potential deleterious effects of hypothermia include increased risk of infection, coagulation disturbance, and cardiac arrhythmias.


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