Digestive System Disorders

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE ACUTE FATTY LIVER DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is acute fatty liver of pregnancy?

Fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP) is a complication that can occur during the third trimester of pregnancy (usually between 28-40 weeks gestation, and especially weeks 35-36), or in a mother soon after delivering a baby.  In AFLP, high levels of fat accumulate in the mother’s liver. Normally, fat comprises about 5 percent of the liver’s content, but in AFLP the liver consists of 13- 19 percent fat, and this may be due to problems in the rearrangement and breakdown of molecules called fatty acids coming from the developing baby.


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