Berlin: A new approach being tried by researchers could reverse liver failure, characterised by sudden and massive death of the organ`s cells, which could potentially end in fatality, according to a German study.As a last resort a liver transplant may be the only remaining option. Junfeng An of the Max Delbruck Centre for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch and his counterpart Stefan Donath, specialist in internal medicine and cardiology, have developed a new treatment approach based on a mouse model.The liver failure was reversed and the mice recovered completely. Researchers hope to soon be able to test their new approach in clinical trials with patients, the journal Hepatology reports.Poisoning from mushrooms or drugs is one of the main causes of this serious liver disease. In southern Europe, Africa and Asia an acute infection with the hepatitis B virus is considered to be the most important cause, according to a MDC statement.
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