Revista médica de Chile
versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887
CONTRERAS B, Jorge et al. Albumin dialysis MARS (Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System) in acute liver failure, before liver transplantation: Report of three cases. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2004, vol.132, n.5, pp.601-607. ISSN 0034-9887. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872004000500010.
The most successful therapy for acute liver failure is liver transplantation. However, due to the low number of donors, organ support therapies need to be used as a bridge to liver transplantation. Molecular Adsorbents Recirculating System (MARS) is a dialysis treatment that uses a recirculating dialysate containing albumin. This allows the removal of both hydrosoluble and albumin-related substances. This system improves hepatic encephalopathy, renal dysfunction and some clinical parameters in acute liver failure, but there is no clear decrease in mortality. We report three women aged 23, 21 and 61 years, that were subjected to liver transplantation, in whom this therapy was successfully used (Rev Méd Chile 2004; 132: 601-7).
Palabras clave : Dialysis; Liver failure, acute; Molecular Adsorbents Recirculating System (MARS).