Acute fatty liver in pregnancy.
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SourceNetherlands Journal of Medicine, 60, 9, (2002), pp. 370-373
Article / Letter to editor
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Netherlands Journal of Medicine
SubjectMetabolic aspects of gastrointestinal diseases; Tumor pathology; Metabole aspecten van maag-, darm- en leveraandoeningen; Tumor pathologie
When confronted with liver abnormalities during the third trimester of pregnancy, one should consider acute fatty liver of pregnancy. The differential diagnosis with (pre-)eclampsia and HELLP syndrome is sometimes difficult. In these cases a liver biopsy is helpful though rarely performed during pregnancy. After delivery of the child the liver test abnormalities will ultimately disappear. Recent publications reveal that a dysfunction in the beta-oxidation of mitochondrial fatty acids may contribute to the aetiology of this rare disorder. We describe a case of acute fatty liver in pregnancy, with liver dysfunction (decreased albumin, prolonged prothrombin time) slowly returning to normal after delivery. Testing for disorders in beta-oxidation of mitochondrial fatty acids did not reveal abnormalities in mother or child.
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