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What is the treatment for hepatic encephalopathy?

What is the treatment for hepatic encephalopathy?

Underlying cause: The treatment of hepatic encephalopathy is three fold: 1) treat underlying cause of liver injury if possible ( so stop liver toxic drugs, steroids for autoimmune liver disease) 2) in patients with chronic liver disease, treat problems that can worsen the situation and cause encephalopathy such as infections, etc. 3) drugs to lower the ammonia levels, ammonia being too high in this condition. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Encephalopathy (Definition)

Encephalon means brain, pathy means abnormal, so the full term means abnormal brain. I see the statement used by many of my colleagues, but it is not a diagnosis, ...Read more


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What are the roles of herbs in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy?

What are the roles of herbs in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy?

None!: I do not know of any good herbs that can help you. It is a serious problem and only a liver specialist(hepatologist) can help you with this problem. ...Read more

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Diet for hepatic encephalopathy with diabetes?

Difficult: Low protein, low simple carb is the simplest answer but you really need to get training from a specialized dietician. ...Read more

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What is best anticonvulsant in ptn. With hepatic encephalopathy?

??PTN: I don't know what you mean by ptn. However, hepatic encephalopathy generally refers to the confusion that patients with cirrhosis develop. The sick liver is unable to clear toxins which then affect the brain. The patient will experience memory difficulties, difficulty with sleep, alterations in personality, and at its worse, it can cause coma. ...Read more

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What happens if you have hepatic encephalopathy and do not have transplant?

What happens if you have hepatic encephalopathy and do not have transplant?

Depends: The symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy can be treated with medicine. Lactulose or rifaximen are commonly used. As liver failure progresses however the medical treatments are less effective and encephalopathy can lead to a hepatic coma. In the absence on liver transplant, advanced liver failure can unfortunately lead to death. ...Read more

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Does hepatic encephalopathy cause short term memory loss?

Does hepatic encephalopathy cause short term memory loss?

Sort of: Hepatic encephalopathy can be associated with a variety of neurological symptoms from confusion and delirium to coma. Since confused patients may not be attentive it may appear they have short term memory loss. Once treated the mental status problems are reversible. ...Read more

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What is best anti convulsant drug for patient with hepatic encephalopathy?

What is best anti convulsant drug for patient with hepatic encephalopathy?

No one best: There is no one best drug but a physician will try to select one by balancing adequate seizure control, ease of use, other medical problems, with minimal risk of causing additional liver problems. Keppra (levetiracetam) (levetriacetam) is a potential choice with low risk of liver injury but there is no one best choice. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hepatic encephalopathy reversible if I get my ammonia levels down?

Usually yes: Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a chronic condition leading to confusion when toxins build up in the body due to cirrhosis of the liver. Of these toxins, ammonia seems to play a major role. Usually having 2-3 bowel movements a day with help of medications (get's rid of ammonia) can control symptoms of HE. See a liver doctor to discuss other causes resulting in HE and elevated ammonia. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hepatic Encephalopathy (Definition)

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