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suspecting acute fatty liver of pregnancy. what will do this to my wife?

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Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Serious condition: Acute fatty liver of pregnancy is a serious condition. It can be life threatening to both mother and baby. Treatment is immediate delivery. Unfourtunately, it can recur in the subsequent pregnancy. So, recommendation is to avoid future pregnancy.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Explain the condition called acute fatty liver of pregnancy.?

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Fatty liver: It is a rare medical condition that relates to a lack of enzyme in the mytochondria that is involved in metabolism of fat. As a result fat buils in liver cells leading to acute liver failure which is fatal in high percentage. The only treatment is delivery and intensive care measures to preserve liver function.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Are some people more prone to getting acute fatty liver of pregnancy?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Yes: Anyone who has had acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFP) is at about a 25% risk for recurrence with future pregnancies. The initial episode appears to have a genetic predisposition due to an autosomal recessive gene defect. There is no current recommendation to screen for this genetic defect. The incidence of AFP is around 1 in 10, 000 pregnancies.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Do lots of people get acute fatty liver of pregnancy, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Uncommon: Acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFP) is rare, occurring in about 1 in 10, 000 pregnancies. It is quite serious and can be fatal (to mom and / or baby) - good outcomes require prompt diagnosis and treatment, which usually incudes delivery of the baby as soon as the mother is stable. Recurrance risk is about 25% for subsequent pregnancies.
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How common is it for somebody to get acute fatty liver of pregnancy?

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
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Rare: Acute fatty liver of pregnancy is rare. It has an estimated incidence of 1 in 7000 to 1 in 20, 000 deliveries. It is more common in patients with multiple gestations and maybe in women who are underweight.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How do you fix acute fatty liver of pregnancy?

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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
Delivery: The cause is not well understood and delivery is the only chance to cure it. Rarely, it can get very severe quickly in pregnancy.

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