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Fulminant Hepatic Failure (FHF) due to acute Hepatitis-C

Bilal Bin Younis, Rozina Arshad, Saima Khurshid, Junaid Masood, Farhan Nazir, Maham Tahira


Acute hepatitis C (HCV) infection has been identified as an important cause of fulminant hepatic failure (FHF), characterized by rapid deterioration of liver function from massive hepatic necrosis leading to encephalopathy and multi-organ failure. We admitted a female patient at Shalamar Hospital with jaundice, fever, encephalopathy and coagulopathy of short duration with no history of any comorbidity. Her hepatitis viral screen revealed positive anti HCV. Her viral loads were also high. A diagnosis of FHF due to acute HCV infection was made. Patient was treated conservatively and improved gradually. In summary, acute HCV can cause FHF and should be ruled out in patients with FHF of unknown cause in an endemic country for HCV like Pakistan.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12669/pjms.314.7618

How to cite this:Younis BB, Arshad R, Khurhsid S, Masood J, Nazir F, Tahira M. Fulminant Hepatic Failure (FHF) due to acute Hepatitis-C . Pak J Med Sci 2015;31(4):1009-1011.   doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12669/pjms.314.7618

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