Acute fatty liver of pregnancy
(AFLP) is a rare and serious complication of pregnancy. It is characterized by a build-up of fat in the liver, which can lead to liver damage. The cause of AFLP is not well understood, but genetics may play a role. Symptoms generally begin in the third trimester and may include persistent nausea and vomiting
, pain in the stomach or upper-right abdomen, malaise
and headache. Without prompt treatment, AFLP can lead to coma
, organ failure or death of the mother and baby. Treatment involves stabilizing the mother and delivery of the baby.
Last updated: 8/25/2014