Liver transplantation for acute liver failure

Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol. 2012 Feb;26(1):27-33. doi: 10.1016/j.bpg.2012.01.012.


Liver transplantation is now an integral part of the management of acute liver failure. The challenge for clinicians is to select the appropriate candidates with a combination of need and high likelihood of benefiting from the transplant. This is achieved through a combination of prognostic modelling and ongoing clinical evaluation. Although the outcomes after liver transplantation are good the survival rates do not quite match those achieved after elective transplantation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Elective Surgical Procedures / mortality
  • Humans
  • Liver Failure, Acute / mortality
  • Liver Failure, Acute / surgery*
  • Liver Transplantation* / mortality
  • Patient Selection
  • Postoperative Care / methods
  • Prognosis
  • Survival Rate
  • Treatment Outcome