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Forum Name: Liver Diseases

Question: Acute Liver Failure with PTB

 amoryam26 - Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:12 am

i'm 24 years old, Male. the uncle of my girlfriend was a drug addict for several years, drink alcohol, smoke, and sometimes sexually active with different girls. He was admiited for 3 weeks in the hospital in the Philippines with acute liver failure with PTB.The doctor said its hard for them to treat the patient since the PTB med. can damaged the liver. They said its hopeless. But we really need export idea regarding the said illness. Thank YOU.
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Thu Dec 21, 2006 9:54 am

User avatar Hello,

What do you mean by PTB? Are you referring to pulmonary TB?

If this is the case. Then the main problem now is the acute hepatic failure. It carries a very high risk of death. If he can survive this and his liver labs normalize then you can discuss the risks of anti-TB treatment.

I agree with your doctor its a very dangerous case. Acute liver failure is bad enough let alone when coexisting with pulmonary TB.

Best regards,

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