Liver failure occurs gradually in 75 percent of the cases. There are two types of liver failure, primarily acute liver failure and chronic liver failure.
Acute liver failure is when the liver stops functioning rapidly, and within a couple of days it fails. It may give the doctors very little chance to revive the patient. The chances of survival are extremely minimal in acute liver failure.Some of the causes for acute liver failure is poisoning through chemicals, overdose of certain medications like acetaminophen or aspirin, and an ignored viral infection like hepatitis A, B or C.
In a chronic live failure it is a known fact that the liver is going to cease its functions eventually. This could happen when the person has some conditions like cirrhosis or liver cancer. If the disease is in advanced stages and there is no way for treatment, then it is a known fact that in a matter of time the liver is going to cease its functions.
The end stage of liver failure is when the liver stops functioning completely. That is it does not produce any bile, stops processing blood and stops converting red blood cells into energy. The body feels suffocated due to the lack of energy and eventually all the organs start failing one by one. If there is any infection present in the body, then it starts spreading rapidly and taking over all the other organs of the body. In some cases, it could mean instant death, but otherwise it could be a matter of days.
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