Wilson's disease, caused by a deficient cellular copper export system, is transmitted as an autosomal recessive inherited disorder and results in copper accumulation in liver and other organs, particularly in brain. Acute hepatic failure and severe Coombs' negative hemolysis may occur in the course of the disease which has a poor prognosis and most patients do not survive the crisis. Only liver transplantation has been recommended as an effective medical intervention. Herein, we presented a 25-year-old woman with impaired consciousness, acute hepatic failure and hemolysis who was treated with plasmapheresis and albumin replacement. Beside improvement in medical condition, serum copper and hemolysis decreased significantly and renal function was preserved. We concluded that plasmapheresis may be a life saving intervention during fulminant hepatic failure of Wilson's disease.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Sep 25 2009|
- Acute Hepatic Failure
- Wilson's disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases