The patient, injured by gunshot, lost more than 70 per cent of the use of his liver.
Doctors at the University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, USA, said it was the first time liver dialysis had been used to treat a trauma victim.
Some 23 hospitals in the USA now have liver dialysis facilities. The mobile units have been developed by HemoTherapies, of San Diego, California, USA, and are approved by the US Food and Drugs Administration for the treatment of liver disease and drug overdoses.
The treatment uses finely powdered activated charcoal and other chemicals to remove toxins without coming into direct contact with the blood, and can be continued for up to 5 days.
Dr Steven Johnson, chief of surgical critical care in the hospital, said the patient had received three treatments, each 6 hours long.
He said, "The liver dialysis unit basically is taking over many of the functions of the liver so that the patient can heal. The patient is receiving the last of three 6-hour treatments today.
He added, "Having the technology to provide liver dialysis gives University Medical Center an effective tool for the treatment of patients with liver disease, drug overdoses, and with severe injuries to the liver."
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