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ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2013, Article ID 730569, 7 pages
Review Article

Retrospective Study of Seven Cases with Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming, Yunnan 650032, China

Received 26 May 2013; Accepted 13 June 2013

Academic Editors: L. G. Bahamondes and A. Martin-Hidalgo

Copyright © 2013 Suchi Dwivedi and Ma Runmei. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. Our aim is to explore the clinical outcome of patients with acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP), and evaluate the effect of early diagnosis and treatment. Methods. Seven patients who were diagnosed with AFLP were retrospectively analyzed from February 2005 to January 2013. The clinical records of the patients with AFLP were reviewed for clinical features, laboratory examinations, and maternal and perinatal prognosis. Routine laboratory evaluation revealed hyperbilirubinemia, moderately elevated liver transaminase, but negative serum hepatitis virus in each patient. For additional evidence, 126 cases of AFLP were reviewed retrospectively from original articles researched in A Medline-based English and Chinese Knowledge Infrastructure between the same periods. Results. The initial symptoms of all the 7 cases with AFLP were gastrointestinal symptoms; anorexia, nausea, vomiting, and progressive jaundice. Complications revealed with renal insufficiency in all 7 patients. Hepatic failure, MODS, hypoglycemia and DIC were seen in 4 patients (57.1%). Hemorrhagic shock, ARDS, and hepatic encephalopathy were seen in 3 patients (42.8%). There was only one case of maternal death (14.2%), three cases of perinatal death (30%) and one postnatal death (10%). Conclusion. AFLP occurs in late pregnancy is a rare clinical syndrome occurs at about 36 weeks of gestation. Early diagnosis and prompt termination of pregnancy is the key of management with multidisciplinary collaboration, comprehensive treatment and effective prevention are helpful to improve prognosis of the cases with AFLP and perinatal death.