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American Journal of the Medical Sciences:
Case Reports

Resolution of Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome after Recovery from Fulminant Hepatic Failure

KHANLOU, HOMAYOUN MD*; SOUTO, HENRY DO†; LIPPMANN, MICHAEL MD*; MUÑOZ, SANTIAGO MD‡; ROTHSTEIN, KENNETH MD‡; OZDEN, ZEKERIYA MD‡

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Abstract

Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) complicating the course of fulminant hepatic failure is nearly always fatal without orthotopic liver transplantation. We report the case of a 50-year-old woman with fulminant hepatic failure and ARDS that resolved after her recovery from the acute liver failure without liver transplantation. The pathogenesis is discussed, particularly with regard to liver-lung interactions.

© Copyright 1999 Southern Society for Clinical Investigation

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