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Acute hepatic failure in pediatric H1N1 infection: a case report from Al-Adan Hospital, Kuwait

Authors Alrefaee F

Received 25 March 2012

Accepted for publication 30 April 2012

Published 18 July 2012 Volume 2012:4 Pages 49—51

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/HMER.S32218

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Fawaz Al-Refaee

Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Al-Adan Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Abstract: Liver involvement in pediatric influenza A (H1N1) infection is rare. Focused clinical evaluation and laboratory tests can rule out or identify hepatic complications early on. Here we report on a 9-year-old boy treated by the Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Unit of Al-Adan Hospital’s Pediatric Department. The patient, who was infected with H1N1 during the 2010 pandemic, showed symptoms of associated acute hepatic failure, was managed conservatively, and recovered completely following treatment. The author would like to draw the attention of pediatricians to the hepatic aspect of human H1N1 infection in order for them to recognize it early and treat it in a timely manner.

Keywords: influenza A (H1N1), infection, acute liver failure, children

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