Acute Liver Failure in a Child due to Epstein Barr Virus and Response to Antivirals
Prabhar Srivastava, Ravi Sharma, Preeti Kharwas.
Department of Pediatrics, Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Abstract
Acute liver failure (ALF) with coagulopathy and encephalopathy is a dreaded condition and a medical emergency that occurs due to acute alteration of liver function in a previously healthy liver. Most common cause of ALF in the developing world are viral hepatitis A and E. Other causes are drugs, autoimmune disease, metabolic disorders and hypoperfusion. Rarely Epstein Barr virus (EBV) hepatitis can lead to ALF with high mortality. We present a 3-year-old boy with ALF due to EBV infection who responded to antivirals.

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