Hepatic cytolysis - Definition

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Hepatic cytolysis (or cytolytic hepatitis) refers to a destruction (lysis) of the liver cells. This very serious phenomenon occurs following intense hepatic poisoning, either acute (medication-induced poisoning, for example) or chronic (such as cirrhosis or hepatitis). More rarely, hepatic cytolysis can arise during pregnancy, appearing 4 to 6 weeks before childbirth. The symptoms of hepatic cytolysis are violent abdominal pains, nausea and vomiting, jaundice, hemorrhages, etc. If treated immediately, hepatic cytolysis is generally well-controlled.