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Dr. Obaid S. Shaikh gives a presentation on ways to understand the definition and etiology of acute liver failure. Dr. Shaikh also discusses a recent case and ways to learn the prognosis and management of acute liver failure.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Improve diagnostic skills by knowing the definition and etiology of acute liver failure (ALF)
  • Enhance management by knowing the clinical features of ALF
  • Increase ability to follow management guidelines by knowing the prognosis of ALF

Reading Resources: 

  1. Sundaram, V. and 0. S. Shaikh (2011). "Acute liver failure: current practice and recent advances." Gastroenterology Clinics of North America 40(3): 523-539.
  2. Reuben, A., et al. (2016). "Outcomes in adults with acute liver failure between 1998 a cohort 2013: An Obvservational study." Annals of Internal Medicine 164(11): 724-732.
  3. Struecker, B., et al. (2014). "Liver support strategies: cutting-edge technologies." Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology 11(3): 166-176.


Dr. Shaikh, has reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement: 

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (.75) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 12/10/2018 | Last Modified On: 4/18/2019 | Expires: 12/10/2019

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