Epstein-Barr virus and acute liver failure: an exceedingly rare amalgamation

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) associated acute liver failure (ALF) is an exceedingly uncommon event. Despite this, EBV-associated ALF has a very high fatality rate. When looking at the number of reported cases of EBV-associated ALF requiring an emergency liver transplant, we see even fewer numbers. This presents challenges to clinicians in the diagnosis, awareness and appropriate case management. There is limited information in the medical literature about the hepatic demonstration and complications of EBV.

Transplant psychiatry

Transplant units increasingly recognise a need for assistance from psychiatrists and psychologists in the assessment and management of potential transplant recipients and live donors. This arises from the various known associations between mental disorder and the need for transplantation; the intensifying requirement to select carefully among the potential recipients and donors of scarce human organs; and the drive to maximise transplant outcomes by optimising all aspects of treatment after surgery.