How long will the needs last?
Acute hepato-cellular failure
Complete recovery may take place in some cases e.g. acute viral hepatitis.
Fulminant hepatic failure
The outcome is more variable. Severe and prolonged encephalopathy tends to have a poor outcome, as does the development of other complications.
Chronic hepato-cellular failure
The changes of hepatic encephalopathy may be reversible in some cases. However deterioration of liver function is likely to continue over months or years. Increasing jaundice is an adverse indicator in some types of cirrhosis. Ascites in association with cirrhosis reduces survival to 50% in the first year after its development, and to 20% at five years.
|Impairment and complications||Award Period|
|Liver failure with -:
|Hepatic encephalopathy||Indefinite award|
|Successful liver transplantation||N/A|
|Liver transplant with rejection of liver||Indefinite award|
|Other features of liver failure / features not known||Indefinite award|
All information must be taken into account when considering the duration of disabling effects and the duration of disabling effects must be based on the particular circumstances of the individual claimant.