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In recent years we have gained a deeper understanding of the liver's vital role in drug metabolism, but the choice of an anesthetic agent remains somewhat empiric and the outcome unpredictable. Pre-existing liver disease probably does not predispose to hepatic injury from anesthesia. With appropriate perioperative care, most patients can be successfully managed without undue risk of hepatotoxicity. The authors writing about these matters are anesthesiologists from Yale and Baylor, and the Universities of Colorado, California, and Arizona. A chapter by two gastroenterologists that lucidly summarizes basic information about liver disease should be of particular benefit to anesthesiologists. One chapter
Anesthesia and the Patient with Liver Disease.. Ann Intern Med. ;95:400. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-3-400_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(3):400.
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